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 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.
As part of our longer term “media support” activities in support of Armenia-Turkey “normalization,” our latest in a regular series of contributions to the Agos newspaper in Istanbul looks at the risk of renewed hostilities over Nagorno-Karabakh: “Dağlık Karabağ: ‘Kazara savaş’ riski büyürken,” Agos, 11 September 2017.
At the invitation of the Yerevan European Students’ Forum Association (AEGEE-Yerevan) RSC Director Richard Giragosian presented an overview of Armenia-EU relations at the international youth conference “Armenia Model European Union 2017” in Yerevan on 9 September. The presentation focused on the recently initialed EU-Armenia “Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement” (CEPA), and included the broader context of EU-Russian relations.
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