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
In an interview the Azerbaijani Meydan TV, RSC Director Richard Giragosian commented on his participation in an “Expert Panel” on the South Caucasus, held on 28-29 November and organized by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (Foundation). The closed workshop focused on “current developments in Azerbaijan and the South Caucasus in light of internal transformations in Azerbaijan and Turkey.” The two-day workshop ended with a public session that featured a discussion between experts, scientists, political analysts, journalists and civil society representatives from a number of countries.
In an article for Global Risk Insights, RSC Director Richard Giragosian offered his analysis of likely shifts in American engagement in the former Soviet Union in an article entitled, “Trump’s plans: The outlook for U.S. foreign policy towards Eurasia.”
RSC Director Richard offered an assessment of the broader implications of the Trump Administration and U.S. foreign policy in an interview with the Armenian “1.in” news agency.
In an interview with Kseniya Kirillova from the Russian-language version of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) Ukrainian Service, Krym.Realii, RSC Senior Analyst David Shahnazaryan assessed the broader implications for U.S. policy toward Ukraine and Eurasia. The interview was republished in Armenian by the daily newspaper “Aravot” (www.aravot.am/2016/11/22/829484/) and was also cited in a post by noted American analyst and former U.S. State Department official Paul Goble on his “Window on Eurasia” blog.
RSC Director Richard Giragosian was cited by “The Moscow Times” in an article by Matthew Bodner assessing the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The article was published on 21 November and entitled, “Russia Emerges as Winner in Arms Race between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
With negotiations over the region at a standstill, Moscow has a novel solution to conflict prevention: arm both sides.”