The Regional Studies Center (RSC) held its latest in a series of closed monthly briefings on Wednesday, 28 September. This month's briefing featured presentations by RSC Director Richard Giragosian and Senior Analyst David Shahnazaryan focusing on three main areas:
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 Moldova and Georgia, 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.
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 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.