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 analytical article co-authored with Hrant Kostanyan, for the Brussels-based Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) entitled, “EU-Armenian Relations: Seizing the Second Chance,” RSC Richard Giragosian assesses the outlook for Armenia-EU relations, including the ongoing negotiations for a new legal framework for deepening ties and expanding economic and trade relations.
RSC Senior Analyst David Shahnazaryan offered a unique assessment of recent developments in the South Caucasus in an interview with the Armenian “1.in” news agency, including an analysis of the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process, Armenian relations with Russia and the outlook for Turkish-Russian relations.
Writing in the September-October 2016 issue of the “Regional Post Caucasus” publication, RSC Analyst Mikayel Zolyan offered his analysis of the history and implementation of Armenian foreign policy over the course of the country’s 25 years of independence.
Are you interested in a challenge? Does learning and developing new skills interest you? Then join us for an interesting and innovative new opportunity:
The Regional Studies Center (RSC) is offering a weekly certificate-based professional training course for students and young professionals. The weekly sessions are held on every Tuesday evening, from 19:00-21:00.
Known as the “RSC Expert School,” the program seeks to provide a unique educational opportunity in Armenia by offering a series of modern, innovative and interactive workshops, exercises and lectures.
The next session opens on Tuesday, 1 November, and will run through 20 December, culminating in a certificate award ceremony for completion of the course.
Following a lengthy external research project for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Hurford Foundation, RSC Analyst Mikayel Zolyan assessed the differing positions on Nagorno-Karabakh of the West and Russia. The publication, entitled, “Preventing Escalation in the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: Threats to Euro-Atlantic Security and Opportunities for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation,” was a result of a series of interviews with key analysts and officials in Moscow, Berlin, Brussels and Washington. This external research project was also part of Dr. Zolyan’s participation in the Hurford “Next Generation” Fellowship Program, which is administered by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, in support of the EuroAtlantic.