The RSC BLOG offers a new series of informal publications on various issues of relevance, in both English and Armenian.
Unlike our peer-reviewed publications, RSC Blog entries are shorter, less academic and more opinion-oriented, aimed at offering a “rapid response” analytical assessment of timely events and developments.
31 August 2012
Statement by NSC Spokesman Tommy Vietor on Azerbaijan’s Decision to Pardon Ramil Safarov
President Obama is deeply concerned by today’s announcement that the President of Azerbaijan has pardoned Ramil Safarov following his return from Hungary. Safarov confessed to the murder of Armenian Army officer Gurgen Margaryan in Budapest in 2004, and was serving a life sentence in Hungary for this brutal crime. We are communicating to Azerbaijani authorities our disappointment about the decision to pardon Safarov. This action is contrary to ongoing efforts to reduce regional tensions and promote reconciliation. The United States is also requesting an explanation from Hungary regarding its decision to transfer Safarov to Azerbaijan..
18 August 2012
After the defection of the Syrian prime minister, this particular defection, if true, is very significant, reflecting al-Sharaa’s stature and prominence and as a confirmation of the near complete breakdown in security and erosion of trust and confidence in Assad’s inner most circle of advisers and officials.
Even Assad supporters in
10 August 2012
A slickly produced film featuring some leading Russian military figures who accuse then-President Dmitry Medvedev of indecisiveness on the eve of
The film has been seen as an attack on Medvedev, who is now prime minister, and a bid to portray President Vladimir Putin as a far-seeing and reliable leader..
9 August 2012
The latest insightful piece by the prolific and impressive Tom de Waal…..what I value most of de Waal's work is not that I almost always AGREE with his analysis, but that I almost always LEARN something new from his analysis. As a disclaimer, he is friend, but more importantly he is a professional and whether the reader agrees with him or not, he never ceases to offer new and objective insight..
8 August 2012
Amid the clutter and clatter of analyses and analysts commenting onSyria, this brief excerpt from an 8 August interview withJordan’s King Abdullah offers significantly new, fresh and penetrating insight into the current situation inSyria.
Most notably, Jordanian King Abdullah is that rare example of a statesman amid strongmen and, despite the inherent deficiencies and even defects in today’s Jordan, he is a unique leader who has, and continues to, ride the wave of revolutionary unrest around him.
This is an excerpt from Charlie Rose show, an always impressive talk show shown in the US on the Public Broadcasting Corporation (PBS)……