Alyssa Sims

Program Associate, International Security Program

Alyssa Sims is a​ ​program associate​ ​with the International Security Program at New America.​ Considered a leading expert on the U.S. drone program and drone proliferation​, ​​she has been asked to comment on military drone proliferation, Somalia drone strikes, and terrorism related issues for several publications including CNN, PBS Newshour, and the New Yorker.​ She has co-authored reports on ISIS in the west and terrorism in the digital age. Her data projects have been cited in the New York Times, Washington Post, and CNN, among other publications, and her own writing has appeared in ​​Foreign Policy, ​​Time, ​​The Diplomat, ​​Pacific Standard, and the New America Weekly.​

Sims is a former assistant editor of Foreign Policy's South Asia Channel. ​​Before joining New America, Sims worked as a strategic research analyst in the Office of the President at Arizona State University, her alma mater,​ ​and has held internships in​ both​ local and federal government.​ She received her bachelor's degree​ in 2015​ in business​,​ with a concentration in global politics​,​ and a minor in Arabic studies. She also received a certificate for studies on religion and conflict.​ While at ASU, she was the recipient of a National Security Education Program (NSEP) scholarship to study Arabic language and culture in Amman, Jordan.

All Work

INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and RESOURCE SECURITY
War and Tweets

This paper examines the changing context for public reactions to terrorism, and the role of news media and social media.


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and RESOURCE SECURITY
How Does Journalism Shape our Response to Terrorism?

The policy paper "War and Tweets" was cited in a Poynter article about local news coverage of terrorist attacks.


Lest We Forget

15 years after 9/11, A.G. Sims considers what and how we remember.


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
Terrorism in America After 9/11

A comprehensive, up-to-date source of online information about terrorist activity in the United States since 9/11.


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and FUTURE OF WAR
Who’s Next To Borrow from America’s Drone Strike “Playbook”?

Alyssa Sims was quoted in PBS Frontline about drones.


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
United States of Jihad: Homegrown Terrorism After Orlando

What does the Orlando attack mean for the way we understand jihadist terrorism?


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
What Now for Yemeni Detainees?

They can't go back to Yemen from Guantanamo. A. G. Sims argues that where they can go will determine how and when the camp will be closed.


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
ISIS in the West

The links between the Paris attackers and the Brussels terrorists raises the importance of understanding the Western “foreign fighters.”


The Meaning of Modern Multilateralism

The United States has not historically been known for moving multilaterally. A recent conversation between Assistant Secretary Crocker and A


Russia's in Syria. What's Next?

Yes, we know that Russia is now engaged militarily in Syria. Alyssa Sims articulates what that actually means, and what the U.S. might do ab


These American Lives

How does one child of a Muslim immigrant become a radicalized imam while the other becomes the president who orders his death? Alyssa Sims d


Are We Catching or Manufacturing Terrorists?

What is the line between informant and entrapment? Alyssa Sims tries to define it.