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 Senior Analyst David Shahnazaryan provided his analysis of Armenia’s position in the Russia-Turkey crisis in an interview with the “Свободная Зона” (“Free Zone”) electronic news service. The interview, in Russian, also covered broader regional developments.
RSC SENIOR ANALYST COMMENTS ON KARABAKH AND ARMENIA’S POSITION REGARDING RUSSIA AND THE TURKEY-RUSSIA CRISIS
Speaking in an extensive interview with the 1in.am news agency, RSC Senior Analyst David Shahnazaryan offered a comprehensive assessment of developments related to the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process, the current outlook for Armenian-Russian relations and an analysis of the crisis in relations between Turkey and Russia. The 30-minute interview, conducted in Armenian, also included specific policy recommendations aimed at bolstering regional security and stability.
In a wide-ranging interview with Aram Sargsyan for the 1in.am news agency, RSC Director Richard Giragosian assessed the year in review in terms of Armenian foreign policy, regional developments and domestic political developments in Armenia. The 15-minute interview was conducted in English and dubbed into Armenian.
By Yigit Engin, Alvaro Ortiz, Tomasa Rodrigo
The geopolitical hot spots continue on the fore in the second half of the year. The Syrian war remains complex with no transition plan. The Russian-Turkey tension escalates. Iraq is still in a fragile situation. ISIS tries to destabilize failed states in some regions. The proxy war continues in Yemen. The refugee crisis poses some risks for Europe.
After a serious escalation of tension and military clashes in clear violation of the fragile Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire in place, the head of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), Nikolay Bordyuzha, expressed concern that a full-scale Armenian-Azerbaijani war would destabilize “the whole Caucasus.”