12:00pm, Wednesday, December 3. CMES Colloquium. Tunisia—The Arab World's First Democracy? Amira Yahyaoui in conversation with Frank Griffel Room A001, ISPS, 77 Prospect Street.

6:30pm, Thursday, December 4. CMES Cinema. bir zamanlar Anadoluda (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia). Followed by a discussion with Etem Erol, Ozgen Felek and Nese Arslan, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Yale University. Luce Hall Auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Avenue.

12:00pm, Friday, December 5. Iran Colloquium: Assef Ashraf, History, Yale University, “Fitting Tributes and Fine Brocades: The Politics of Gift Giving in Qajar 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.