Executive Director: Jason Pack has long worked to promote U.S.-Libyan commercial, academic, and governmental ties. After helping Western businesses operate in Tripoli in 2008, he served as U.S.-Libya Business Association (USLBA) Program Manager from 2009 to 2010. He then completed a Master of Studies degree in Global and Imperial History at St. Antony’s College, Oxford in 2011. Since then, he has been affiliated with the University of Cambridge, where he was a PhD student and researcher of Middle Eastern History. Jason has advised the United Nations, NATO, and most Western governments on formulating policy towards Libya. Via his consultancy, Libya-Analysis®, Jason specializes in producing bespoke reports for Western companies which monitor specific aspects of the political and security situation in Libya, while also providing big-picture forecasting. In this capacity, he is an affiliated North Africa Analyst at Risk Intelligence, a Danish company specializing in maritime risk, and the Senior Libya Analyst at CRCM North Africa, a German strategy firm.
In 2015, Jason founded EyeOnISISInLibya.com as a non-profit 501(c)(3) monitoring service detailing the Islamic State's history, its interactions with other jihadi actors, and Western actions toward the group. Jason is the editor of The 2011 Libyan Uprisings and the Struggle for the Post-Qadhafi Future (Palgrave Macmillan, June 2013) and lead author of Libya's Faustian Bargains: Breaking the Appeasement Cycle (Atlantic Council, May 2014). His analysis and opinion articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Spectator, Newsweek, The Financial Times, The Guardian, Foreign Policy, and Foreign Affairs. One of the few Western experts on the inner workings of Libya's jihadi militias, Mr. Pack is a frequent commentator on the BBC, France 24, CNN, VOA, and Al Jazeera.
Special Advisor: The Honorable David L. Mack, U.S. Ambassador (retired), is an Adjunct Scholar of the Middle East Institute. He served the U.S. government as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs (1990-1993) and served in Tripoli early in his diplomatic career. As a Deputy Assistant Secretary he directed the conduct of relations between the United States and 12 other governments, including Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Syria. As U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (1986-1989), he was in charge of all U.S. government activities and over 150 civilian and military personnel. He was also responsible for diplomatic contacts with the leaders of the UAE. His diplomatic assignments have included Libya, Iraq, Jerusalem, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates.