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Wednesday, 8 May 2013
Golden Tulip Hotel
Vivaldi Room


In cooperation with the Embassy of France in Armenia, the Regional Studies Center (RSC) invites you to a special presentation and discussion focusing on Turkish foreign policy on Wednesday, 8 May at 14:30, to be held in the Golden Tulip Hotel’s Vivaldi Room.

The special presentation will offer a unique assessment of Turkish foreign policy, with a specific focus on challenges to Turkish engagement in the South Caucasus and from the ongoing war in Syria. Although the presentation will be in English, there will be translation provided.

The director of the Regional Studies Center (RSC), Richard Giragosian, will open the event with a brief general analysis of Turkish foreign policy, followed by a presentation by Dr. Bayram Balci, a visiting scholar at the Middle East Program at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where his research focuses on Turkey and Turkish foreign policy in the Middle East, Central Asia, and the Caucasus.

As an independent “think tank,” the Regional Studies Center (RSC) offers a regular series of similar events and briefings, aimed at providing an alternative source of objective analysis and information covering a wide range of critical issues.

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On 26 February 2013, the Regional Studies Center (RSC) held a special presentation and discussion assessing the current post-election crisis in Armenia. Most significantly, the presentation was followed by an interactive role-play and scenario-based exercise, with participants dividing into smaller groups representing the opposition and the government, in order to formulate and present possible tactics and strategy for both sides. The presentation from the event is attached.


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RSC Expert School

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 structured, certificate-based series of professional training courses for students and young professionals. The certified training seminars and courses are offered weekly, based on an academic semester schedule, running from February-May 2013.

We are holding an opening orientation session on Tuesday, 29 January 2013, from 19:00-21:00. The session will be held at the fourth floor conference room in the Caucasus Institute building, located at 39 Koghbatsi Street in central Yerevan (for more details see attached).

Based on an academic semester, the “RSC Expert School” is now offering three new courses: (1) Regional Developments & Trends, (2) Military Strategy, Security Analysis & National Security, and (3) Democratization, Political Reform and Economic Development.