Regional Studies Center (RSC)
Since our founding as an independent think tank in 2012, the Regional Studies Center (RSC) has been conducting a wide range of strategic analysis and objective research, and implementing a number of educational and policy-related projects. As a leading think tank based in Armenia, the RSC conducts research and analysis and develops policy initiatives aimed at bolstering political and economic reform and conflict resolution in the broader South Caucasus region.
Moreover, as an independent think tank, the RSC is actively engaged in the public policy process and, over the longer term, seeks to serve as a catalyst for democratic reform and sustainable economic development through the empowerment of civil society and by contributing to the formulation of public policy through innovative and objective research, analysis and policy recommendations. Our research and project activities consist of five main program areas:
- Regional analyses and assessments of political, economic and security issues in the South Caucasus, but also including Iran, Russia and Turkey;
- National security and defense reform;
- Democratization and good governance;
- Economics and sustainable development;
- Educating and empowering youth as an “agent of change.”
Regional Studies Center (RSC)
60 Aram Street, #53, 3rd floor
0010 Yerevan, Armenia
Tel: (+374) 11 70 99 69
The staff of the Regional Studies Center (RSC) hosted a group of cadets from the United States Military Academy (USMA), also known as West Point, and briefed them on regional developments in the South Caucasus, with a focus on Russia, Iran, Turkey, and the Nagorno Karabakh conflict. The West Point cadets were visiting Armenia as part of a study tour of the former Soviet states and were visiting Georgia and Ukraine as well as Armenia. The RSC regularly serves as a host for the West Point study tour and meets with the military participants every year.
As part of our longer term “media support” activities in support of Armenia-Turkey “normalization,” our latest in a regular series of contributions to the Agos newspaper in Istanbul looks at the risk of renewed hostilities over Nagorno-Karabakh: “Dağlık Karabağ: ‘Kazara savaş’ riski büyürken,” Agos, 11 September 2017.
At the invitation of the Yerevan European Students’ Forum Association (AEGEE-Yerevan) RSC Director Richard Giragosian presented an overview of Armenia-EU relations at the international youth conference “Armenia Model European Union 2017” in Yerevan on 9 September. The presentation focused on the recently initialed EU-Armenia “Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement” (CEPA), and included the broader context of EU-Russian relations.
As a guest on the weekly Sunday talk show hosted by Hrair Tamrazian, the director of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Armenian Service, RSC Director Richard Giragosian assessed the lingering risk of renewed hostilities over Nagorno-Karabakh, and offered his analysis of developments related to the Karabakh peace process.
Appearing as a guest on the “Crossroads of Opinions” talk show hosted by journalist Anna Israelyan for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Armenian Service, RSC Senior Analyst David Shahnazaryan commented on recent developments in the mediation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Noting the recent statement by OSCE Minsk Group’s U.S. Co-Chair Ambassador Richard Hoagland on the elements of the mediation effort, Dr. Shahnazaryan stressed that although “there is nothing new in the document,” what “is most important is not what Ambassador Hoagland said, but what he did not say.”