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
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.
In an interview with Aram Sargsyan for the “1in.am” electronic news agency, RSC Director Richard Giragosian assessed recent developments in Syria, including Russian military operations and the recent Turkish incursion, as well as broader trends in the Middle East. The interview was conducted in English, with the responses dubbed into Armenian.
In an interview with the “News.am” electronic news agency, Regional Studies Center (RSC) Director Richard Giragosian assessed recent developments in the South Caucasus region, with a focus on the “renewal, restoration and repair” of Russian-Turkish renewed relations, Iran’s reengagement in the region, the crisis in Armenian-Russian relations, and the current status of the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process. The interview, published on 23 August, was conducted in English and dubbed into Armenian.