3-4 DECEMBER 2020


As an independent “think tank,” the Regional Studies Center (RSC) offers a regular monthly series of “Closed Briefings” with RSC Director Richard Giragosian providing a concise analytical presentation of the most significant political, economic and military/security developments in Armenia and the broader region over the previous month.

In the wake of the seismic changes in Armenia in recent weeks, the RSC convened two separate online discussions in early December to provide an assessment of the domestic political, economic and military security trends in the wake of the six-week war for Nagorno Karabakh.  And in accordance with our pre-COVID monthly briefings, these two separate online sessions for the diplomatic community and international organizations were held on 3 and 4 December 2020.

For these two early December briefings, the RSC was pleased to have a group of over two dozen participants, including the Ambassadors from Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway (based in Tbilisi and Moscow), Sweden, and Switzerland.  Additional participants included diplomat staff from the European Union Delegation to Armenia, the Embassies of Australia (based in Moscow), the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Lithuania, New Zealand (based in Ankara) Poland, and the United Kingdom, as well as representatives from various international organizations, including the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Bank (EBRD).

The attached are the Analytical Notes from the briefing that was held on 3 and 4 December 2020.