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
Writing in the September-October 2016 issue of the “Regional Post Caucasus” publication, RSC Analyst Mikayel Zolyan offered his analysis of the history and implementation of Armenian foreign policy over the course of the country’s 25 years of independence.
Are you interested in a challenge? Does learning and developing new skills interest you? Then join us for an interesting and innovative new opportunity:
The Regional Studies Center (RSC) is offering a weekly certificate-based professional training course for students and young professionals. The weekly sessions are held on every Tuesday evening, from 19:00-21:00.
Known as the “RSC Expert School,” the program seeks to provide a unique educational opportunity in Armenia by offering a series of modern, innovative and interactive workshops, exercises and lectures.
The next session opens on Tuesday, 1 November, and will run through 20 December, culminating in a certificate award ceremony for completion of the course.
Following a lengthy external research project for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Hurford Foundation, RSC Analyst Mikayel Zolyan assessed the differing positions on Nagorno-Karabakh of the West and Russia. The publication, entitled, “Preventing Escalation in the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: Threats to Euro-Atlantic Security and Opportunities for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation,” was a result of a series of interviews with key analysts and officials in Moscow, Berlin, Brussels and Washington. This external research project was also part of Dr. Zolyan’s participation in the Hurford “Next Generation” Fellowship Program, which is administered by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, in support of the EuroAtlantic.
In the second installment of a two-part interview with the “1in.am” eletronic news agency, RSC Director Richard Giragosian reviewed recent foreign policy challenges facing Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh, inlcuding a focus on Armenia’s security ties with Russia and the CSTO, and the current state of the Karabakh peace process. The interview, conducted by Aram Sargsyan, was in English but dubbed into Armenian.
In an interview with the Armenian “Asbarez” news agency, RSC Analyst Mikayel Zolyan criticized the conduct of local elections in Armenia, pointing to the significance of vote-buying and “administrative pressure” exerted by the authorities.
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