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

The Other Side of Serial

Rabia Chaudry details Adnan Syed’s story in Serial and highlights the difference between being a journalist and being an advocate.

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.

War and Tweets

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

Lest We Forget

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

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.

Who’s Next To Borrow from America’s Drone Strike “Playbook”?

Alyssa Sims was quoted in PBS Frontline about drones.

United States of Jihad: Homegrown Terrorism After Orlando

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

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.

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