Erik E. Mueller

Erik E. Mueller
Defense Analyst

Education

PhD Student in political science, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities; M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies, University of Chicago; B.A. in international affairs, Lewis & Clark College

Overview

Erik E. Mueller (he/him) is a defense analyst at the RAND Corporation. Mueller’s expertise and interests center on violent nonstate actors, North Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. Outside of these interests, Mueller has worked on projects studying patient movement, drug production and trafficking, mass attacks, insider threats, political violence, multinational security organizations, extremism, refugees, interoperability, climate change, irregular warfare, public health labs, and right to repair. 

Selected Publications

Johnston, Trevor, Erik E. Mueller, Irina A. Chindea, Hannah Jane Byrne, Nathan Vest, Colin P. Clarke, Anusree Garg, and Howard J. Shatz, Countering Violent Nonstate Actor Financing: Revenue Sources, Financing Strategies, and Tools of Disruption, RAND Corporation (RR-A687-1), 2023

Watts, Stephen, Bryan Frederick, Nathan Chandler, Mark Toukan, Christian Curriden, Erik E. Mueller, Edward Geist, Ariane M. Tabatabai, Sara Plana, Brandon Corbin, and Jeffrey Martini, Proxy Warfare in Strategic Competition: State Motivations and Future Trends, RAND Corporation (RR-A307-2), 2023

Watts, Stephen, Bryan Frederick, Nathan Chandler, Mark Toukan, Christian Curriden, Erik E. Mueller, Edward Geist, Ariane M. Tabatabai, Sara Plana, Brandon Corbin, and Jeffrey Martini, Proxy Warfare in Strategic Competition: Military Implications, RAND Corporation (RR-A307-3), 2023

Sudkamp, Karen M., Nathan Vest, Erik E. Mueller, and Todd C. Helmus, In the Wreckage of ISIS: An Examination of Challenges Confronting Detained and Displaced Populations in Northeastern Syria, RAND Corporation (RR-A471-1), 2023

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 L. 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

Commentary

  • Security Cooperation

    The Russo-Ukrainian War Has Bolstered Ukraine's Nonstate Alliance Network

    Since 2014, militant groups from Russia, Belarus, Chechnya, and elsewhere have established themselves as allies of Ukraine in its fight against Russia and its aligned forces. Though alignment with these groups presents clear benefits in the near term, Kyiv should be cautious since these groups could turn on Ukraine at any time should their interests no longer align.

    Aug 7, 2023

    The Moscow Times

  • Civilian Military Workforce

    Ukraine Is a Breeding Ground for Russian PMCs

    Moscow's desire for additional fighters in Ukraine has created a breeding ground for Russian private military company (PMC) development. This explosion of what are essentially private armies is not only shaping the battlefield in Ukraine; it could have devastating impacts long after this conflict ends.

    Jun 14, 2023

    The Moscow Times

  • Refugees

    Afghan Refugees Are Being Recruited to Join an Iranian Paramilitary

    As Western policymakers consider how to deal with Afghan evacuees, including former members of the Afghan security forces, they might consider how to prevent adversaries such as Iran from recruiting Afghan refugees for dangerous and destabilizing operations. Greater attention to these risks may become increasingly important as refugee flows from Afghanistan continue.

    Nov 23, 2021

    The Hill

Publications