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
As a guest on the weekly Sunday talk show hosted by Hrair Tamrazian, the director of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Armenian Service, RSC Director Richard Giragosian assessed the lingering risk of renewed hostilities over Nagorno-Karabakh, and offered his analysis of developments related to the Karabakh peace process.
Appearing as a guest on the “Crossroads of Opinions” talk show hosted by journalist Anna Israelyan for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Armenian Service, RSC Senior Analyst David Shahnazaryan commented on recent developments in the mediation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Noting the recent statement by OSCE Minsk Group’s U.S. Co-Chair Ambassador Richard Hoagland on the elements of the mediation effort, Dr. Shahnazaryan stressed that although “there is nothing new in the document,” what “is most important is not what Ambassador Hoagland said, but what he did not say.”
In comments in an interview with Anuk Mkrtchyan for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Armenian Service, RSC Director Richard Giragosian assessed recent developments in diplomacy over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, focusing on the recent statement by OSCE Minsk Group co-chair Ambassador Richard Hoagland and the recent Armenian-Russian presidential meeting in Sochi.
In an article for the Russian-language version of the Internationale Politik und Gesellschaft (IPG or International Politics and Society) magazine RSC Director Richard Giragosian offered a preview of the EU’s November Eastern Partnership summit in Brussels. In this article, entitled “До встречи в Брюсселе! Перспективы Восточного партнерства зависят от гораздо большего, чем документы и заявления на саммитах,” Giragosian focused on risk and resiliency in the Eastern Partnership.
In a contribution to the “Emerging Europe” website, RSC Director Richard Giragosian assessed the risk of renewed hostilities over Nagorno-Karabakh, and added recommendations for de-escalation, including “status-neutral” engagement by the EU and support for direct contacts by all sides to the conflict. The article, entitled “Nagorno-Karabakh conflict moves from frozen to kinetic,” noted that “given the strategic significance of the emerging threat from a renewed war over Nagorno-Karabakh, the imperative is to engage now, before this kinetic conflict spirals dangerously out of control.”
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