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Yale gate openingThe Program in Iranian Studies at the MacMillan Center promotes study of Iran, Afghanistan and the Persianate cultural sphere, with emphasis on regional and international affairs, domestic political developments as well as society, history, religion, art, art history, culture, law, medicine and public health, economy, and environment. The Program in Iranian Studies strives to reflect diverse views on foreign policy as well as nongovernmental voices and views of deprived groups such as women, intellectual descanters, religious and ethnic minorities, and nonconformists. It also encourages study of Iran and Afghanistan within the broader context of the Middle East, and especially in relation to neighboring Iraq, Saudi Arabia and other countries of the Persian Gulf, as well as Pakistan, India, China, and Central Asia.

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Professor M. Nazif Shahrani, Indiana University, Bloomington, and Professor Thomas Barfield, Boston University
On April 13 and 14, the Yale Program in Iranian Studies—operating under the auspices of the MacMillan Center’s Council on Middle East Studies—hosted the Conference on Identities in Contemporary Afghanistan (CICA). The conference, organized by Naysan Adlparvar (Rice Faculty Fellow, Yale University)...
A young Iranian woman waves a white headscarf
Nahid Siamdoust, a postdoctoral associate of Iranian studies at the MacMillan Center and the author of Soundtrack of the Revolution: The Politics of Music in Iran, wrote the following Opinion article that was published in The New York Times Sunday Review on February 3. On Dec. 27, Vida Movahed...
Iran Event Poster
On December 8, the Program in Iranian Studies at the MacMillan Center sponsored a panel discussion titled “Iran: Generational change, internal politics & foreign policy.” The panelists were Mehrzad Boroujerdi, Professor of Political Science at Syracuse University, and Barbara Slavin, Director...
Conference on Identities in Contemporary Afghanistan
This two-day conference at Yale University, held from 13-14 April 2018, will investigate identities in contemporary Afghanistan.Social organization in Afghanistan is complex with interwoven identities based on religion, ethnicity, regional identity and political affiliation—amongst others—deeply...
Sanjay Subra
Sanjay Subrahmanyam presented new research as well as built upon his body of work on “connected histories” and the early modern Persianate world over the course of the Yarshater lecture series at Yale this April. The first lecture on linkages between Iran and the Deccan began with a fascinating...