Jason Pack — Founder & Emeritus Director
Jason Pack is the Founder & Emeritus Director of Eye on ISIS in Libya. Jason’s advisory work has consisted of frequent meetings with the MoD, DoD, FCO, State Department, NATO and the UN. Connected to this pro-bono advisory/advocacy work, Jason’s consultancy arm, Libya-Analysis®, specialises in producing bespoke reports for Western companies and governments. In this capacity, he is the North Africa Analyst at Risk Intelligence, a Danish company specialising in maritime risk and long-range assessment.
Jason is a researcher of Libyan History. He is on a leave of absence from his position as a doctoral student and researcher at Cambridge University. His doctoral research focuses on the strategic, diplomatic, and institutional factors that shaped the British Military Administration of Libya from 1942 to 1951 tracing the antecedents of British policy towards Cyrenaica all the way back to the 1880s. Jason holds an M.St. in Global and Imperial history from St. Antony’s College, Oxford University. Jason has lived seven years in Middle Eastern countries including Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Morocco, Lebanon, Oman, and Syria (where he was a Fulbright Fellow from 2004-5). Jason reads and speaks Arabic and French.
As an academic operating in the policy space, Jason strives to bring objective information and analysis to those who need it most — decision makers and the public. Jason’s media output consists of over a hundred op-eds and news analysis articles in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The Spectator, The Guardian, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy and other top outlets in over fifteen countries.
Rhiannon Smith — Partner
Rhiannon Smith has been the Managing Director of Libya-Analysis® since 2016 during which time she has overseen all of Libya-Analysis’s research and consultancy projects. She regularly delivers high level briefings on Libya to government entities, international organisations, corporations and academic conferences.
Rhiannon has authored or co-authored several think tank reports and journal articles, including ‘Al-Qaida’s Strategy in Libya: Keep it Local, Stupid‘ for the journal Perspectives on Terrorism, ‘The Origins and Evolution of ISIS in Libya’ published by the Atlantic Council and ‘Non-military Perspectives on Recent Developments in Libya’ for NATO. Rhiannon regularly gives media interviews, appearing on France 24, Al Jazeera English, TRT World and Voice of America, to name a few. She has also published extensively on Libya including writing articles for the Petroleum Economist, Politico, Al Jazeera, the New Statesman, Religion & Geopolitics, Hate Speech International & the Middle East Eye. She also wrote a regular column on Libya for open Democracy during her time in Libya. Rhiannon also held the position of North Africa Editor for Norwegian NGO Hate Speech International, where she commissioned and edited a series of papers on extremism in North Africa.
Previously, Rhiannon was the Programme Manager for the Middle East at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School (CJBS). As part of this role she managed the Middle East Research Centre at CJBS, focusing on the particular leadership and management challenges facing Middle Eastern organisations. She lived in Tripoli, Libya from 2010 to 2014, working for a number of organisations including Libyan research consultancy Know Libya and international NGO No Peace Without Justice. She has also worked as a Libya analyst for Control Risks. Rhiannon holds an MSc in Development Management from the Open University and a BA Hons in Arabic, with French and Persian from the University of Exeter. She speaks, writes and reads Arabic and French.
Nate Mason — Partner
Nate Mason is an independent consultant focused on North Africa. He assists companies with market entry strategy, business strategy, and government relations. He served as the Commercial Attache at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli from December 2011 through March 2013. In 2011 he served as an embedded U.S. government adviser in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry in Liberia. Prior to that he was the North Africa Desk Officer at the U.S. Department of Commerce from 2005 to 2010. He is the author of several published articles about North Africa including Tripoli Cannot Impose Unity on Libya, Libyan Militias: The West’s Partners Against ISIS? and Oil and Power in the New Libya.
Aaron Y. Zelin — Head of ISIS Materials
Aaron Y. Zelin is the Richard Borow Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He is also a PhD candidate at King’s College London where his dissertation is on the history of the Tunisian jihadi movement. Zelin is the founder of the widely acclaimed and cited website Jihadology.net and its podcast JihadPod.
Zelin’s research focuses on global jihadi groups in North Africa and Syria. He is also the author of the New America Foundation’s January 2013 study The State of the Global Jihad Online, the June 2014 Washington Institute study The War Between ISIS and al-Qaeda for Supremacy of the Global Jihadist Movement, and the January 2016 Washington Institute study The Islamic State’s Territorial Methodology. You can follow him on Twitter @azelin.