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
In a much-needed return to diplomacy, Armenian Prime Minister Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev met in Sochi on 26 November for an important “mini-summit” convened by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
As an independent “think tank,” the Regional Studies Center (RSC) offers a regular monthly series of online “Closed Briefings” to provide a concise analytical presentation of the most significant political, economic and military/security developments in Armenia and the broader South Caucasus region. And as the target audience is the diplomatic community and international organizations in Armenia, our aim is to provide an alternative source of objective analysis and information on a regular basis.
The Regional Studies Center (RSC) convened a series of special online briefings offering both pre-election and post-election assessments of the early parliamentary election in Armenia held on 20 June 2021. The attached is the 7-page summary notes from the special briefings, which featured analytical presentations by RSC Director Richard Giragosian.
In an online discussion assessing the state of democracy in Armenia, Freedom House hosted an event on 11 February 2021 entitled, “The Current Narratives about the Correlation of Democracy, Human Rights and Security in Post-War Armenia: True or False?” The event on Armenia included opening remarks by Marc Behrendt, the Director of the Europe and Eurasia Programs (EEP) of Freedom House, followed by a brief presentation about the project and presentation of the topic by Sossi Tatikyan, the Project Coordinator of Freedom House in Armenia.
Assessing political developments in Armenia, Richard Giragosian, the Director of the Regional Studies Center (RSC), warned of “the end of Armenia's post-revolution honeymoon,” noting that “two years after the Velvet revolution, post-war disillusionment has put Prime Minister Pashinyan's political future in question.”
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