Erik E. 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 (he/him) is a Defense Analyst at the RAND Corporation. Mueller’s experience and expertise predominantly have focused on violent non-state actors (VNSAs) in North Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia, though he has taken part in projects studying these groups throughout the world. 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, refugees, and interoperability.

Selected Publications

Heather J. Williams, 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