The Regional Studies Center (RSC) convened a special “focus group” discussion on February 17 focusing on the outlook for Armenia-EU relations, including an assessment of the implications from the Armenian president’s controversial September 2013 decision to forego the long-planned initialing of an Association Agreement with the EU. The focus group discussion was organized as part of the research project EUIMPACTEAST (France/UK) entitled, “Exploring the EU's influence on Domestic Change in Eastern Partnership Countries” (for more information on the project, please go to: www.euimpacteast.org)..
The Regional Studies Center (RSC) participated in a special working session at the Armenian Ministry of Defense on January 23, offering analysis and an assessment of defense reform as part of Armenia’s “strategic defense review” (SDR) process. Convened by Armenian Deputy Minister of Defense David Tonoyan, RSC Director Richard Giragosian joined other leading analysts and experts in preparing an updated “threat assessment” and a formulation of a new set of defense reform policy proposals for the Armenian armed forces..
The new Winter 2013 Session of the RSC “Expert School,” featuring innovative and interactive workshops and simulation exercises, opened this past week. A new group of participants engaged in a two-part special training workshop on 17 and 19 December. The opening week started with an introductory orientation and a two-part session on “Research, Writing and Critical Analysis,” that was also bolstered by an interactive seminar based on current developments in the region..
Do you like to be challenged? Do you enjoy learning? Then join us on Tuesday, 17 December for the long-awaited start of the Winter 2013 Session of the RSC “Expert School,” featuring innovative and interactive workshops and simulation exercises.
We will be offering two special training workshops on Tuesday, 17 December, and on Thursday, 19 December, from 19:00-21:00. The opening week will start with an introductory orientation and a two-part session on “Research, Writing and Critical Analysis,” with an interactive seminar based on current developments in the region.
“Armenia’s New Choice:
Scenarios for the Economic and Political Future”
12 September 2013
The Regional Studies Center (RSC) and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) are holding a joint public event on 12 September, with presentations by a panel comprised of leading analysts and public figures focusing on the recent Armenian decision to join the Russian-led “Customs Union.”
That decision effectively canceled Armenia’s planned “initialing” of a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) agreement with the European Union (EU) that, along with a pending Association Agreement, was to be concluded at the Vilnius Summit in late November 2013.
This event will offer a neutral platform to examine the issues and implications from Armenia’s decision to join the Customs Union, with speakers providing objective assessments of the “pros and cons” of the move. Moreover, the event is an opportunity for public education and debate over this important issue, which despite a flurry of media coverage, was never publicly discussed in such a format.
The event will be in English and Armenian, with simultaneous translation provided.
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