Erik Ervin Mueller

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Defense Analyst
Washington Office


M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies, University of Chicago; B.A. in international affairs, Lewis & Clark College


Erik E. Mueller is a defense analyst at the RAND Corporation. Mueller’s professional and academic research experience has involved studying violent non-state actors, interoperability, the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia.

For most of 2017 and 2018, Mueller worked as a research analyst at the Chicago Project on Security and Threats on the Program on Political Violence. In this role he led a group of researchers while conducting research on armed actors in South Asia – specifically in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Pakistan.

In 2018, Mueller received his M.A. in Middle Eastern studies from the University of Chicago through the Division of Social Sciences. For his master's thesis, Mueller studied the circumstances that led preexisting national insurgent organizations to integrate into international insurgencies using comparative analyisis of case studies from Nigeria, Algeria, Somalia, Iraq, Libya, Russia, and the Philippines.