4:20pm, Tuesday, September 30. Sheikh Rachid Ghannouchi, Head of Ennahda, "The Foundations of the Tunisian Model." Room 127, Sterling Law Buildings, 127 Wall Street.

6:30pm, Thursday, October 2. CMES Cinema. Passion (Bab El Makam), directed by Mohamed Malas. Followed by a discussion with Sarab Al Ani, Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, Yale University. Luce Hall Auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Avenue.

12:00pm, Friday, October 3. Iran Colloquium. Farzin Vahdat, Vassar College, "Theorizing the Revolution of 1979 in Iran." Room 202, Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Avenue.

The Program on Governance and Local Development

Iranian Studies

The Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD) was launched on May 1-2 with the inaugural conference titled “Mapping Local Governance.” The Program fosters innovative research that breaks new ground in the understandings of governance and development issues focused on the Middle East. It is poised to significantly advance the theoretical and substantive understanding of governance in the region, extending research on politics and development that has primarily been state-centered, overlooking sub-national disparities that helped spark the 2011 uprisings.