Erik E. Mueller

Erik E. Mueller
Defense Analyst
Washington Office


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


Erik E. Mueller (he/him) is a defense analyst at the RAND Corporation. Mueller studies violent non-state actors (VNSAs) in North Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia (though he has taken part in projects studying groups in other regions). Inside and outside of RAND, Mueller has studied the relationships between VNSAs and their host states, VNSA financing, VNSA adaptation, state support to VNSAs, and VNSA mergers. Additionally, Mueller has participated in projects focusing on mass attacks, insider threats, political violence, extremism, displaced peoples, acquisitions, regional security organizations, strategic forecasting, great power competition, drug trafficking, and interoperability.

Selected Publications

Vasseur, Michael, Chad C. Serena, Colin P. Clarke, Irina A. Chindea, Erik E. Mueller, and Nathan Vest, Understanding and Reducing the Ability of Violent Nonstate Actors to Adapt to Change, RAND Corporation (RR-A324-1), 2022

Williams, Heather J., Alexandra T. Evans, Jamie Ryan, Erik E. Mueller, and Bryce Downing, The Online Extremist Ecosystem: Its Evolution and a Framework for Separating Extreme from Mainstream, RAND Corporation (PE-A1458-1), 2021