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 Radio Free Europe’s (RFE/RL) Armenian Service, RSC Director Richard Giragosian hailed the lifting of sanctions against Iran and noted the significant opportunity for Armenia to emerge as a strategic avenue for Iran’s re-engagement with the global economy. Stressing Armenia’s “unique position” as the “only stable, friendly and reliable neighbor of Iran,” Giragosian also warned that the “imperative is for the Armenian government to act quickly, develop a far-ranging strategy for engagement and dispatch a delegation to Iran in the coming weeks, in order not to lose the opportunity of this new opening.”
In the second installment of a multi-part interview with the “168Zham” newspaper, Regional Studies Center (RSC) Director Richard Giragosian commented on the state of the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process and challenges to Armenian national security.
In a multi-part interview with the “168Zham” newspaper, Regional Studies Center (RSC) Director Richard Giragosian commented on the future course of Armenia-EU relations, hailing the current negotiations as a “rare second chance to restore, repair and rebuild ties with the European Union in the wake of the Armenian president’s decision in 2013 to sacrifice Armenia’s Association Agreement with the EU in favor of committing Armenia to join the Eurasian Economic Union.” The interview also focused on Armenian foreign policy challenges and developments in the wider South Caucasus region.
The Regional Studies Center (RSC) held its latest in a series of closed monthly briefings on Wednesday, 28 September. This month's briefing featured presentations by RSC Director Richard Giragosian and Senior Analyst David Shahnazaryan focusing on three main areas:
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 Moldova and Georgia, 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.