The Regional Studies Center (RSC) held its latest closed monthly briefing on November 5, offering a comprehensive analysis consisting of three main issues: an assessment of the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process, with a focus on the last three meetings of the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents; a review of developments in Armenia’s “strategic orientation,” including both the course of Armenia’s bid to join the Eurasian Economic Union and the outlook for the development of Armenian relations with the European Union (EU); and an analysis of recent political developments in Armenia..
RSC Director Richard Giragosian provided a briefing on recent developments in Armenia and the broader South Caucasus region to a visiting group of students and facility members form the UK Royal College of Defence Studies on June 2, 2014. Giragosian offered an assessment of significant trends in regional security, with an added analysis of domestic drivers and determinants of Armenian foreign policy. The RSC Director joined Ambassador Traian Hristea, the head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Oleksandr Pavlyuk, the head of the Council of Europe office in Armenia, Carel Hofstra of Counterpart International and Ms. Genya Petrosyan from the office of the Armenian Human Rights Defender, or Ombudsman, as part of a larger panel briefing for the visitors..
The Regional Studies Center (RSC) held its latest closed monthly briefing on April 30, consisting of a comprehensive analysis of recent political, economic and military security trends in the region, but with a detailed assessment of the new Armenian government, as well as an added report on recent RSC events and working visits to Tbilisi and Turkey.
The RSC staff briefed a visiting delegation from the Swiss OSCE Chairmanship on April 16. RSC Director Richard Giragosian and Resident Fellow Linn Nettelvik from the Swedish Defense College offered an analysis of the Nagorno Karabakh mediation effort, centering on the military balance of power and an objective assessment of the OSCE peace process. The RSC also offered several concrete proposals related to confidence-building measures and ideas for a de-escalation of tension and ceasefire violations. The Swiss delegation was led by Ambassador Angelo Gnädinger, the OSCE Special Representative for the South Caucasus, and included Christian Disler, Political Advisor at the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the OSCE, and Martin Schuster, Policy Support Officer at the OSCE Conflict Prevention Centre (CPC) in Vienna. Swiss Ambassador to Armenia, Lukas Gasser, also accompanied the delegation and attended the briefing..
The Regional Studies Center (RSC) held its latest closed monthly briefing on March 26, providing an analysis of recent political, economic and military security trends in Armenia, but with an added focus on the implications from Russian aggression against Ukraine, followed by an informal “off-the-record” closed discussion (see briefing summary notes below)..