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
In comments in an interview with Anuk Mkrtchyan for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Armenian Service, RSC Director Richard Giragosian assessed recent developments in diplomacy over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, focusing on the recent statement by OSCE Minsk Group co-chair Ambassador Richard Hoagland and the recent Armenian-Russian presidential meeting in Sochi.
In an article for the Russian-language version of the Internationale Politik und Gesellschaft (IPG or International Politics and Society) magazine RSC Director Richard Giragosian offered a preview of the EU’s November Eastern Partnership summit in Brussels. In this article, entitled “До встречи в Брюсселе! Перспективы Восточного партнерства зависят от гораздо большего, чем документы и заявления на саммитах,” Giragosian focused on risk and resiliency in the Eastern Partnership.
In a contribution to the “Emerging Europe” website, RSC Director Richard Giragosian assessed the risk of renewed hostilities over Nagorno-Karabakh, and added recommendations for de-escalation, including “status-neutral” engagement by the EU and support for direct contacts by all sides to the conflict. The article, entitled “Nagorno-Karabakh conflict moves from frozen to kinetic,” noted that “given the strategic significance of the emerging threat from a renewed war over Nagorno-Karabakh, the imperative is to engage now, before this kinetic conflict spirals dangerously out of control.”
The Regional Studies Center (RSC) is pleased to welcome the latest group of researchers in our “RSC Resident Fellowship” program. Our new team includes four recently-selected Fellows:
RSC Senior Analyst Mikayel Zolyan, in an analytical article for the online weekly magazine EVN Report, offered a unique assessment of the domestic political situation in Armenia, with a focus on the possibility of the incumbent president continuing to serve as the head of state. The article, entitled “To Be or Not to Be Prime Minister? Serzh Sargsyan’s Dilemma and What it Means for Armenia’s Politics,” was published on 8 August.