The Regional Studies Center (RSC) hosted a group of 45 students and faculty from the College of Europe’s Natolin (Warsaw) campus for a briefing on “Security in the South Caucasus,” with presentations by RSC Director Richard Giragosian, RSC Senior Analyst David Shahnazaryan and Dr. Sergey Minasian, the Deputy Director of the Caucasus Institute.
The College of Europe group was completing a week-long “study trip” to Georgia and Armenia, with a focus on the South Caucasus entitled, “Armenia, Georgia and Statehood in the South Caucasus.” The study trip was also addressing “issues related to political transition, democratic institution building, political culture, political parties, constitutionalism, and state-society relations,” as well as the roles of the EU, Russia and Turkey.
The program is also part of a broader series of College of Europe-organized study trips centered on the overarching theme of “Challenges at the Borders: Exploring Democracy, Statehood, Citizenship and Migration in South Central Europe and the Eastern European Neighbourhood.” These trips are organized in cooperation with the two Academic Chairs present at the Natolin campus, the European Neighbourhood Policy Chair and the European Civilization Chair. The purpose of these study trips is to allow students to acquire first-hand experience in European and European Neighbourhood countries. And during the “Study Trip Week,” students met with academic experts, journalists, politicians, representatives of the intellectual, cultural and business circles, as well as with EU representatives.