Andrew Mines


Andrew Mines is a Research Fellow at the Program on Extremism, and an Investigator with the National Counterterrorism Innovation, Technology, and Education Center (NCITE). He helps lead PoE's research efforts on a number of issues and projects, including:

  • Nexus: monitoring the Islamic State and al-Qaeda's global networks
  • January 6th Capitol Hill Siege
  • Extremism in the military
  • Foreign travel, return pathways, disengagement, and reintegration from violent extremist groups and movements
  • Oral history, including the limited series podcast Mosul and the Islamic State
  • Terrorism financing
  • U.S. Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE) policy 

Andrew's core research focuses on the global Islamic State movement, particularly its leadership and networks throughout Iraq, Syria, and the Afghanistan-Pakistan region. His co-authored book publication, The Islamic State in Afghanistan and Pakistan: Strategic Alliances and Rivalries, is available from Lynne Rienner Publishers. Andrew has published academic articles in journals like the Journal of Conflict Resolution, and authored opinion pieces and articles in multiple outlets including NBC News, The ConversationWashington PostDallas Morning News, Police Chief Magazine, CTC SentinelThe Interpreter, LawfareWar on the Rocks, Just Security, and more. He regularly provides TV and radio commentary for various news organizations including ABC, BBC, Bloomberg, CBS, C-SPAN, Fox, NBC, and NPR, as well as commentary for other news outlets. 

Andrew holds a B.A. from The University of Chicago, and is currently pursuing a M.A. in Forensic Psychology at The George Washington University.   


"A year after the fall of Kabul, Taliban’s false commitments on terrorism have been fully exposedThe Conversation, August 15, 2022.

"Who was Ayman al-Zawahri? Where does his death leave al-Qaida and what does it say about US counterterrorism?The Conversation, August 2, 2022.

"Violent Extremism: The Fractured Threat Landscape," Police Chief Magazine, July 5, 2022.

"A human smuggling ring, a plot to assassinate George W. Bush and an evolving threat," NBC News, June 3, 2022.

"The Islamic State's Second Global Pledge Campaign: New Challenges in an Era of Great Power Competition," Nexus, April 28, 2022.

"The Military Is Making Progress in Its Counter-Extremism Efforts, but Gaps RemainLawfare, March 2022. 

"Islamic State leader killed in US raid – where does this leave the terrorist group?The Conversation, February 2022. 

"The Taliban Haven't Changed, but U.S. Policy Must," Lawfare, October 2021.

"The Taliban can't take on the Islamic State alone," War on the Rocks, October 2021. 

"The evolving Taliban-ISK rivalry," The Interpreter, September 2021.

"What is ISIS-K? Two terrorism experts on the group behind the deadly Kabul airport attack and its rivalry with the Taliban," The Conversation, August 2021. 

"For some Capitol Hill rioters, Jan. 6 was just the beginning," Dallas Morning News, July 2021.

""I will never forget this for as long as I live": Social Learning at the Capitol Hill Siege," Global Network on Extremism and Technology, May 2021.

"The military doesn't even know how bad its extremism problem is," Washington Post, March 2021.

"Smaller and Smarter: Defining a Narrower U.S. Counterterrorism Mission in the Afghanistan-Pakistan Region," Newlines Institute for Strategy and Policy, February 2021.

"Preempting the Storm: DOJ Moves to Tackle Terrorist and Criminal Use of Cryptocurrencies with Bolder International Approach," Global Network on Extremism and Technology, November 2020.

"Balancing Online Content Moderation and the Rule of Law," Global Network on Extremism and Technology, September 2020

"Cryptocurrency and the Dismantling of Terrorism Financing Campaigns," Lawfare, August 2020.

"How the Coronavirus Is Affecting American Jihadist Travelers," Lawfare, August 2020.

"The Risks of a Telegram Crypto-Wallet," Global Network on Extremism and Technology, May 2020.

"Can the Islamic State's Afghan Province Survive Its Leadership Losses?Lawfare, May 2020.

"Telegram's Cryptocurrency Could Have a Terrorism Problem," Just Security, March 2020.

"Islamic State Affiliate Seeks to Expand in Afghanistan," Lawfare, October 2019.

"Taliban and Counterterrorism" | Academic Minute | 10/26/2022

"IS-K Attacks on Hazaras in Afghanistan" | VOA Dari | 10/12/2022

"Senior Clerics Caught In The Crossfire Of The Taliban's Intensifying War With IS-K" | RFE/RL | 8/25/2022

"The Death of Zawahiri a Major Blow" | Agence France Presse | 8/2/2022 

"IS-K Ramps Up War Against The Taliban By Attacking Central Asian Neighbors" | RFE/RL | 5/11/2022

"He Hinted at Hardened Service, but Oath Keepers Leader's Military Records Don't Back That Up" | | 5/6/2022

"Traitor or scapegoat? How one cop became the face of Jan. 6." | Christian Science Monitor | 4/4/2022

"Biden: Islamic State leader killed in U.S. counterterrorism raid in Syria" | NY1 | 2/3/2022

‘Rise in violent rhetoric’: Lawmakers in both parties report spike in death threats” | Roll Call | 1/20/2022

Oath Keeper Militia Members Including 5 Veterans Indicted on Sedition Charges for Jan. 6 Riot” | | 1/13/2022

Floridians played a big role in the Capitol riot, do we have a bigger extremism problem?” | ABC Action News | 1/7/2022

Floridians played a big role in the Capitol riot, do we have a bigger extremism problem?” | FOX 35 | 1/7/2022

Capitol rioters identified by 7News: Where are they now?” | ABC7/WJLA-TV | 1/6/2022

In wake of Jan. 6, US military struggles to curb extremism” | Christian Science Monitor | 1/4/2022

Pentagon Plan to Fight Extremism in the Ranks Is a Start, But Experts Say Problems Loom” | | 12/21/2021

What is the Islamic State in Afghanistan?” | VOA News | 11/4/2021

Taliban Wages Deadly Crackdown On Afghan Salafists As War With IS-K Intensifies” | RFE/RL | 10/22/2021

A Kandahar mosque attack exposes the Taliban's security challenges” | NPR | 10/15/2021

Intensifying Violence Between Taliban, IS-K Heralds New War In Afghanistan” | RFE/RL | 10/13/2021

EXPLAINER: Can the Taliban suppress the potent IS threat?” | AP News | 10/12/2021

US Remains Focused on Fighting ISIS-K in Afghanistan” | CBS News | 9/2/2021

Andrew Mines on ISIS-K and Other Militant Groups in Afghanistan” | C-SPAN | 9/2/2021

“ISIS-K in Afghanistan” | Bloomberg Radio | 9/1/2021

What is ISIS-K, the group behind the Kabul attack?” | Newsy | 9/1/2021

“Andrew Mines on ISIS-K's Fight against the Taliban” | KFI AM 640 | 8/30/2021

IS-K claims responsibility for attack on Kabul airport” | i24 News | 8/30/2021

What is ISIS-K?” | CHQR | 8/30/2021

What Is ISIS-K?” | NPR | 8/30/2021

What is ISIS-K, the group that killed 13 U.S. service members and at least 170 civilians in Afghanistan?” | Yahoo News | 8/30/2021

“What is ISIS-K in Afghanistan?” | BBC News Channel | 8/28/2021

As It Happens: The Friday Edition” | CBC As it Happens | 8/27/2021

Taliban rival ISIS-K claims responsibility for Kabul suicide bombing” | KCBS | 8/27/2021

Kabul airport bombing underscores Taliban’s challenges in securing a volatile Afghanistan” | Washington Post | 8/27/2021

ISIS-K, explained by an expert” | Vox | 8/27/2021

What we know 6 months after the Capitol riot, and what we're still learning” | ABC7/WJLA-TV | 7/6/2021

Florida emerges as a cradle of the insurrection as Jan. 6 Capitol riot arrests keep piling up” | USA Today | 6/17/2021

US Marine Charged in Capitol Riot Prosecution” | NBC | 5/17/2021

Number of US Troops Linked to Domestic Terror Plots Small but Growing” | VOA News | 4/13/2021

There were 566 extremist movements and paramilitary, armed groups in the United States last year” | RTV Slovenia | 3/29/2021

Judge calls evidence against Oath Keepers member 'fairly strong, fairly convincing'” | FOX 35 | 3/15/2021

“New report examines January 6th insurrection” | ABC7 | 3/3/2021

It was just a matter of time': Authors of GWU report discuss thoughts on Capitol riot” | ABC7/WJLA-TV | 3/2/2021

GW report analyzes backgrounds of Jan. 6 insurrectionists, shows extremism is a growing threat” | WUSA9-CBS9 | 3/2/2021

Tampa man who took selfie in Senate chamber during Capitol riot facing several federal charges” | WFLA | 2/23/2021

What we know abou the January 6 riot” | CBC | 1/30/2021

Is ISIS Using TikTok To Recruit Young Women?” | Elle | 10/24/2019

Domestic ISIS Arrests Are on the Rise Again” | Washington Free Beacon | 10/5/2019

Mosul and the Islamic State (Audio Editor)