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
The staff of the Regional Studies Center (RSC) hosted a group of cadets from the United States Military Academy (USMA), also known as West Point, and briefed them on regional developments in the South Caucasus, with a focus on Russia, Iran, Turkey, and the Nagorno Karabakh conflict. The West Point cadets were visiting Armenia as part of a study tour of the former Soviet states and were visiting Moldova and Georgia, as well as Armenia. The RSC regularly serves as a host for the West Point study tour and meets with the military participants every year.
In an interview with Armenia’s 1in.am news agency on 13 September, RSC Director Richard Giragosian assessed the U.S. presidential elections, with a focus on the implications for Armenia and the wider South Caucasus region. In the interview, conducted in English but dubbed into Armenian, Giragosian analyzed the outlook for U.S. foreign policy and American-Armenian relations in the event of a Clinton Administration or in the “less likely and more dangerous” scenario of a victory for the Republican candidate Donald Trump.
Joining a panel of discussants at an event in Toronto, Canada on 10 September via Skype, RSC Director Richard Giragosian presented an assessment of recent developments in Armenia. Other notable speakers included prominent Canadian artist, actress and public figure Arsinee Khandjian, Dr. Daron Acemoglu, well-known MIT economist and co-author of the seminal book “Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty,” Garo Ghazarian and Karnik Kerkonian from the Armenian Bar Association, and others.
RSC Director Richard Giragosian was cited in an assessment of the appointment of the new Armenian prime minister, for Business New Europe (BNE) IntelliNews. In a piece published on 9 September and entitled, “Former Yerevan mayor nominated as Armenia’s new prime minister,” Carmen Valache writes:
RSC Director Richard Giragosian was invited to speak at the Fourth International Conference entitled, “Economy of War and Peace: Impact on Women,” held on 8 September in Yerevan, organized by the Armenian NGO “Democracy Today” and the “Women of South Caucasus for Peace and Prosperity” NGO.