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 the Armenian “Asbarez” news agency, RSC Analyst Mikayel Zolyan critically assessed the new Armenian cabinet and reviewed the outlook and possibility of reforms, noting that “there are people in the government who directly benefit from corruption,” casting doubt on the government’s commitment to reform and tackling corruption.
In an analytical article for the “Russian International Affairs Council,” published in both English and in Russian, RSC Analyst Mikayel Zolyan assessed the new Armenian Prime Minister as an “Éminence Grise” and “Efficient Manager.”
In an interview with Armenia’s 1in.am news agency on 13 September, RSC Director Richard Giragosian assessed the U.S. presidential elections, with a focus on the implications for Armenia and the wider South Caucasus region. In the interview, conducted in English but dubbed into Armenian, Giragosian analyzed the outlook for U.S. foreign policy and American-Armenian relations in the event of a Clinton Administration or in the “less likely and more dangerous” scenario of a victory for the Republican candidate Donald Trump.
Joining a panel of discussants at an event in Toronto, Canada on 10 September via Skype, RSC Director Richard Giragosian presented an assessment of recent developments in Armenia. Other notable speakers included prominent Canadian artist, actress and public figure Arsinee Khandjian, Dr. Daron Acemoglu, well-known MIT economist and co-author of the seminal book “Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty,” Garo Ghazarian and Karnik Kerkonian from the Armenian Bar Association, and others.
RSC Director Richard Giragosian was cited in an assessment of the appointment of the new Armenian prime minister, for Business New Europe (BNE) IntelliNews. In a piece published on 9 September and entitled, “Former Yerevan mayor nominated as Armenia’s new prime minister,” Carmen Valache writes: