On 14 March, the Regional Studies Center (RSC), an independent think tank in Yerevan, convened its latest in a series of special “Focus Groups.” In coordination with a visiting group of graduate students from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington (GW) University, one of the leading graduate schools in international affairs in the United States, this latest Focus Group was focused on a discussion of one main theme: “Reformulating Western Policy toward Russia in the Post-Soviet Space.” The GW group was visiting Armenia as part of their Capstone Research project, which consists of three country-specific case studies: Armenia, Estonia and Ukraine.
Meeting in Yerevan on 11 March, RSC Director Richard Giragosian briefed a visiting delegation from the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on recent developments in domestic Armenian politics and trends in Armenian foreign policy, including the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the outlook for Armenia-Turkey “normalization,” as well as developments in Armenia-EU relations.
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.
As part of the longer term effort to support innovative education in Armenia, the RSC offered an interactive presentation on Nagorno-Karabakh for a group of students and faculty at the international UWC Dilijan College on 10 March. The RSC offers a regular series of activities and events for the UWC Dilijan student body, both in Yerevan and at their Dilijan campus.
On 1 March 2016, RSC Director Richard Giragosian met with Federica Mogherini, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, during her visit to Armenia. Convened at the EU Delegation to Armenia, the RSC was among seven other civil society organizations to meet with the EU foreign policy official and in a meeting that lasted for nearly ninety minutes, presented and discussed a wide range of issues, ranging from the domestic situation in Armenia to broader regional developments.
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