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
With less than three months to go until Armenia completes its transformation to a parliamentary system, the Regional Studies Center (RSC) released a brief assessment of recent developments entitled, “Armenia 2018: Political Transformation and Transition.” The assessment looks at the recent developments over the indirect election of a now largely symbolic president and the selection of a new prime minister as the next head of state. For the latter and more significant issue of the next premier, the RSC analysis offers three likely scenarios.
In a brief commentary for “Vocal Europe,” Regional Studies Center (RSC) Director Richard Giragosian offered a look at “The 3G of Armenian-Russian Relations: Guns, Gas and Goods.” In the piece, Giragosian noted that “of the various states of the former Soviet Union, Armenia has long been seen as the most loyal, and perhaps most subservient, to Russia. For Russia, its leverage over Armenia has depended on a “3G” approach, consisting of a combination of guns and discounted weapons, below market gas supplies, and goods, as both a major trading partner and as the dominant force of the Eurasian Economic Union.”
In an interview with Aram Sargsyan for the “1in.am” electronic news site, RSC Director Richard Giragosian offered his assessment of major developments in Armenian security and foreign policy in 2017. Conducted in English but dubbed into Armenian, the interview also focused on the relationship between domestic issues and foreign policy.
As part of our efforts to support the six-month Italian chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which commenced in January 2018, the Regional Studies Center (RSC) held an event in Rome on 13 December 2017.
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.
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