The Regional Studies Center (RSC) is an independent think tank engaged in a wide range of strategic analysis and research, developing policy initiatives aimed at bolstering political and economic reform and conflict resolution in the broader South Caucasus region.
As a leading think tank based in Armenia, the RSC strives to elevate the level of political discourse and deepen civic activism while broadening engagement in the public policy process. One of our core longer-term goals is to serve as a catalyst for reform and sustainable development by contributing to the formulation of public policy through innovative research and objective analysis.
Our research and project activities consist of five main program areas:
(1) Regional analysis of political, economic and security issues in the South Caucasus, but also including Iran, Russia and Turkey;
(2) National security and defense reform;
(3) Democratization and good governance;
(4) Economics and sustainable development;
(5) Educating and empowering youth as an “agent of change.”
Since our founding in 2012, the RSC has also offered a regular series of certificate-based professional development training courses, analytical briefings and interactive “focus groups,” and convenes simulation exercises focused on diplomatic negotiations and “war gaming” models.
Regional Studies Center (RSC)
60 Aram Street, #53, 3rd floor
0010 Yerevan, Armenia
Tel: (+374) 11 70 99 69
In an interview with Kseniya Kirillova from the Russian-language version of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) Ukrainian Service, Krym.Realii, RSC Senior Analyst David Shahnazaryan assessed the broader implications for U.S. policy toward Ukraine and Eurasia. The interview was republished in Armenian by the daily newspaper “Aravot” (www.aravot.am/2016/11/22/829484/) and was also cited in a post by noted American analyst and former U.S. State Department official Paul Goble on his “Window on Eurasia” blog.
RSC Director Richard Giragosian was cited by “The Moscow Times” in an article by Matthew Bodner assessing the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The article was published on 21 November and entitled, “Russia Emerges as Winner in Arms Race between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
With negotiations over the region at a standstill, Moscow has a novel solution to conflict prevention: arm both sides.”
RSC “GUEST ANALYSIS” ASSESSES THE “UNNATURAL NEXUS” AND “TRIAD OF INTERESTS” AMONG ISRAEL, RUSSIA AND IRAN
In the sixth article in our “RSC Guest Analysis” publication series, entitled “An Unnatural Nexus of Interests: The Israeli-Russian-Iranian Triad,” RSC Resident Fellow Lynette Hacopian presents a unique assessment of the convergence and conflict of interests in Syria and beyond between three major powers: Israel, Russia and Iran. Hacopian argues that in the wake of the Russian military intervention in Syria, the “future of Tehran-Moscow relations will be contingent upon gaining back and maintaining trust between the two countries, and uniting based on their shared interests, provided that a more structured and intensive relationship is established.” She concludes her analysis by noting that “while it is premature to tell where the long-term relationship between Russia and Iran is headed, their shared short-term goals will ensure the continuation of their temporary alliance and active engagement in joint military operations, at least until the power balance in Syria is determined.”
In an interview with the Armenian “Lragir” news agency, RSC Analyst Mikayel Zolyan criticized the recent “1000 dram” fundraising drive by the Armenian Ministry of Defense through the imposition of a new “tax” on Armenian citizens as an unwarranted case of “extortion of the population.”
In an interview with Diana Museliani of the Tbilisi-based Georgian “Accent News Agency,” RSC Director Richard Giragosian focuses on the implications for Georgia and the region from the recent move to form “joint” Armenian-Russian unit command, and with a wider assessment of Armenian-Russian relations.