Affiliated Programs

Empowerment and Resilience In Children Everywhere (ERICE)
Guided by the belief that children everywhere are to be cherished and that respect for and protection of Children is a shared human value, ERICE works to promote joint research, training and interventional projects focused on enhancing the well-being of children and families affected by the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. ERICE brings together child mental health professionals from Israel and Palestine to formulate and accomplish joint projects to enhance the well being of children and families that neighbor one another in this strife-torn region of the world. For more information, please contact James F. Leckman (

The Program on Governance and Local Development
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.

The Program in Iranian Studies
The Program in Iranian Studies at the MacMillan Center promotes study of Iran, Afghanistan and the Persian cultural sphere, with emphasis on regional and international affairs, domestic political developments as well as society, religion, culture, law, medicine and public health, economy, and environment. The ISI strives to reflect diverse views on security and 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 the neighboring Iraq, Saudi Arabia and other countries of the Persian Gulf, as well as Pakistan, India, China, and Central Asia. For further information on the Iranian Studies Initiative and its activities click here.

The Middle East Legal Studies Seminar (MELSS)
The Law School became involved in the Middle East to create a forum in which influential judges, lawyers, and scholars from the region could exchange ideas and forge ties with one another. The Middle East Legal Studies Seminar (MELSS) is an annual meeting held since 1998 in which lawyers, judges, and law professors from the Middle East gather with several Yale professors and students. The Seminar currently involves about forty-five participants. Past topics have included the concept of legal authority, fundamental rights, and religious pluralism. The Seminar has successfully brought together established and emerging leaders who are open to reform and committed to democracy in their own countries. For more information, please visit the MELSS website.

The Reconciliation Program at the Yale Center for Faith & Culture, Yale Divinity School
The Reconciliation Program’s goal is to promote reconciliation between Muslims and Christians, and between Muslim nations and the West, drawing on the resources of the Abrahamic faiths and the teachings and person of Jesus. The Reconciliation Program is focused primarily on bridge-building scholarly research on the major theological, political, cultural, social and ethical issues which traditionally divide Muslims and Christians, and on concerns which unite them.   The research of the Reconciliation Program aims to provide a fresh approach and new foundations to help Muslims, Christians and Jews understand one another more sympathetically. For more information, visit the website.