Rhiannon Smith

Managing Director of Libya-Analysis and Deputy Director of

Rhiannon Smith is Managing Director of Libya-Analysis and Deputy Director of, a non-profit organization which monitors and analyses the origins and activities of ISIS and other jihadi groups in Libya. Previously, Rhiannon was the Programme Manager for the Middle East at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. She lived in Tripoli, Libya from September 2010 to February 2011, then October 2011 through to January 2014, working for a number of organisations including Libyan research consultancy Know Libya and international NGO No Peace Without Justice. Rhiannon's analysis and opinion articles have appeared in Politico, Open Democracy, the New Statesman, Al-Jazeera and the Royal United Services Institute, among others. Rhiannon speaks Arabic and French, has traveled widely within the MENA region. She holds an MSc in Development Management from the Open University.



'Coup' Attempt Could Complicate Libya's Fight Against ISIS

A recent move to challenge the UN-backed unity government in Tripoli may reconfigure political alliances in Libya, affecting the battle against ISIS in Sirte.

Rhiannon Smith and Jason Pack

24 Oct 2016


A House Divided: Jihadis Battle for Derna

ISIS is fighting with other jihadi groups for the Libyan city of Derna. But while the rivals differ, hopes that an ISIS defeat will mean the decline of its ideology are sadly misplaced, writes Rhiannon Smith.

Rhiannon Smith

10 Jul 2015

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