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 Georgia and Ukraine 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.
At the invitation of the Yerevan European Students’ Forum Association (AEGEE-Yerevan) RSC Director Richard Giragosian presented an overview of Armenia-EU relations at the international youth conference “Armenia Model European Union 2017” in Yerevan on 9 September. The presentation focused on the recently initialed EU-Armenia “Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement” (CEPA), and included the broader context of EU-Russian relations.
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:
As an independent think tank in Yerevan, our “think tank,” the Regional Studies Center (RSC) is committed to deeper engagement in the public policy process, working with key state institutions and ministries in support of reform. And although we remain objective in our critical assessment of a wide range of strategic issues and policy priorities, we seek to only become more active in contributing to the formulation of innovative policy ideas and initiatives.
In this regard, we are pleased to join our colleagues in an effort by the Armenian parliament’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs to form a new “Analytical Council” working group, empowered to provide analysis, proposals and assessment to the parliament over the coming five years. This is especially important to strengthen the institutional capacity of the National Assembly as Armenia moves to fully transform to a parliamentary form of government.
As the official partner from Armenia, our “think tank,” the Regional Studies Center (RSC), was pleased participate in the 4th South Caucasus Security Forum 2017 in Tbilisi from 19-20 April. This year’s two-day conference, entitled “On the Frontline of Changing Global Dynamics,” is organized by the Strategic Policy Institute STRATPOL of Slovakia and the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (GFSIS, the Rondeli Foundation). Other partners included the Foreign Policy Council “Ukrainian Prism” in Kyiv, the International Visegrad Fund (IVF), and the Open Ukraine Foundation.