Keren Fraiman


Keren Fraiman is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science and a member of the Security Studies Program at MIT.  Her dissertation, entitled “Not in Your Backyard: Transitive Compellence, Base States and Violent Non-State Groups,” focuses on the efficacy of coercion in inducing states to contain violent non-state actors that reside within them.  Her main interests include International Relations, security studies, the Arab-Israeli conflict, coercion, and nationalism, with a regional focus on the Middle East.  Keren is currently a research associate at Seminar XXI, an executive education program for senior military and government officials, as well as at the University of Chicago’s Program on International Security Policy.  Her work has been supported by the United States Institute of Peace, the Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism, the American-Israel Cooperative Enterprise, and MIT’s Center for International Studies. She has also worked at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University.  Prior to returning to her studies, she was a management consultant in the Chicago office of the Boston Consulting Group.  Ms. Fraiman also served as an officer in the Israeli Defense Forces. She received her B.A. with Honors in Political Science and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago.


“Not in Your Backyard: Understanding State Action Against Violent Non-State Actors,” Précis, (Cambridge: MIT Center for International Studies, Spring 2010).