The Regional Studies Center (RSC) is an independent think tank engaged in a wide range of strategic analysis and research, developing policy initiatives aimed at bolstering political and economic reform and conflict resolution in the broader South Caucasus region.
As a leading think tank based in Armenia, the RSC strives to elevate the level of political discourse and deepen civic activism while broadening engagement in the public policy process. One of our core longer-term goals is to serve as a catalyst for reform and sustainable development by contributing to the formulation of public policy through innovative research and objective analysis.
Our research and project activities consist of five main program areas:
(1) Regional analysis of political, economic and security issues in the South Caucasus, but also including Iran, Russia and Turkey;
(2) National security and defense reform;
(3) Democratization and good governance;
(4) Economics and sustainable development;
(5) Educating and empowering youth as an “agent of change.”
Since our founding in 2012, the RSC has also offered a regular series of certificate-based professional development training courses, analytical briefings and interactive “focus groups,” and convenes simulation exercises focused on diplomatic negotiations and “war gaming” models.
Regional Studies Center (RSC)
60 Aram Street, #53, 3rd floor
0010 Yerevan, Armenia
Tel: (+374) 11 70 99 69
RSC Director Richard Giragosian met with visiting Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström on 9 February, during her first visit to the South Caucasus. In a meeting with four other Armenian civil society representatives, Foreign Minister Margot Wallström and her delegation participated in an active, hour-long discussion that covered a wide range of issues, from domestic politics to regional developments, including the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and gender-related issues. Reporting on the visit, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Armenian Service also interviewed Giragosian, citing his comments on the domestic political situation within Armenia.
RSC STAFF ANALYSIS
The long-term amicable and close relationship between Armenia and Iran is currently limited, in both scale and scope. There are a number of reasons for this situation, including Russia’s influence on Armenia’s economy and foreign policy, decades of Western sanctions on Iran, a lack of capacity on both sides to invest more in mutually beneficial spheres, etc.. However, there are some fields where Armenia and Iran are more than just neighbors.
Dr. Haykak Arshamyan
8 February 2016
In the latest RSC BLOG, entitled, “Facebook ethics, Atatürk and the Kurdish movement,” Dr. Haykak Arshamyan authored an Armenian-language assessment of the challenges of censorship by the Facebook social network regarding posts that deal with controversial issues in Turkey. Arshamyan exposes the “open collaboration” between Facebook and the Turkish authorities, and reveals a trend whereby Facebook “runs a pro-Turkish policy, thereby violating the freedoms and rights of millions of citizens living in Turkey.” He argues that “we can only conclude that there is…. a violation of free speech rights of Turkish citizens.”
The following is a brief summary of news from the Regional Studies Center (RSC), an independent think tank based in Yerevan, Armenia.
RSC BLOG: Brace Yourselves, Spring is Coming. Is the Post-Soviet Space Headed for its own “Arab Spring”? (Armenian Version)
Dr. Mikayel Zolyan
25 January 2016
Timed with the fifth anniversary of the revolution in Egypt, a watershed event in what became known as the “Arab Sping,” RSC Analyst Dr. Mikayel Zolyan assesses the implications for the post-Soviet space.
This is the Armenian version of his original English-language article.