Keren Yarhi-Milo is the Associate Director of the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies; Professor in the Department of Political Science, and Professor of International and Public Affairs at SIPA. Prior to joining the faculty at Columiba University, Yarhi-Milo was on the faculty at Princeton University. Yarhi-Milo’s research and teaching focusses on international relations and foreign policy, with a particular specialization in international security, including foreign policy decision-making, interstate communication and crisis bargaining, intelligence, and US foreign policy in the Middle East.  Her new book, Who Fights for Reputation? The Psychology of Leaders in International Conflict, was published by Princeton University Press in 2018, and was awarded the American Political Science Association’s Security Section Best Book Award.  Yarhi-Milo’s book, Knowing The Adversary: Leaders, Intelligence Organizations, and Assessments of Intentions in International Relations (Princeton University Press, 2014), received the 2016 Furnnis Award for best book in the field of international security. It was also Co-Winner of the 2016 DPLST Book Prize, Diplomatic Studies Section of the International Studies Association. The book explores how and why civilian leaders and intelligence organizations select and interpret an adversary’s signals of intentions differently. Yarhi-Milo’s articles have been published or are forthcoming in International Studies Quarterly, International Organization, International Security, and Security Studies. Before to joining the faculty at Princeton University, Yarhi-Milo was a post-doc fellow at the Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and a pre-doc fellow at the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University. Yarhi-Milo has worked at the Mission of Israel to the United Nations, as well as served in the Intelligence Branch of the Israeli Defense Forces. Her dissertation received the Kenneth Waltz Award for the best dissertation in the field of International Security and Arms Control in 2010. She has also received awards for the study of Political Science from the Smith Richardson Foundation, the Arthur Ross Foundation, and the Abram Morris Foundation. Yarhi-Milo holds a Ph.D. and a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A., summa cum laude, in Political Science from Columbia University.


Knowing The Adversary: Leaders, Intelligence, and Assessments of the Adversary’s Intentions (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2014).

Journal Articles

Keren Yarhi-Milo and Todd Hall, “The Personal Touch: Leaders’ Impressions, Costly Signaling, and Assessments of Sincerity in International Affairs,” International Studies Quarterly 56, no. 3 (2012): 560-573.
Roseanne McManus and Keren Yarhi-Milo, “The Logic of ‘Offstage’ Signaling: Domestic Politics, Regime Type, and Major Powers-Protégé Relations,”  International Organization 71, no. 4 (2017): 701-733.
Keren Yarhi-Milo and Austin Carson, “Clandestine Communication: Signals and Inferences in Covert Military Competition,” Security Studies 26, no. 1 (2017): 124-156.
Keren Yarhi-Milo, Alex Lanoszka, and Zack Cooper,“To Arm or to Ally? The Patron’s Dilemma and the Strategic Logic of Arms Transfers and Alliances,” International Security 41, no. 2 (2016): 90-139.
Keren Yarhi-Milo and Marcus Holmes,“The Emotional Logic of Peace Summits: Beliefs Regarding Empathy and the Effect on Diplomacy,” International Studies Quarterly 60, no. 3 (2016).
Keren Yarhi-Milo and Alex Weisiger, “Revisiting Reputation: When do Past Actions Matter in International Politics,” International Organization 69, no. 2 (2015): 473-495.
“In the Eye of the Beholder: How Leaders and Intelligence Communities Assess the Intentions of Adversaries,” International Security 38, no. 1 (2013): 7-51.
“Tying Hands behind Closed Doors: The Logic and Practice of Secret Reassurance,” Security Studies 22, no. 3 (2013): 405-435.