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 “GUEST ANALYSIS” ASSESSES THE “UNNATURAL NEXUS” AND “TRIAD OF INTERESTS” AMONG ISRAEL, RUSSIA AND IRAN
In the sixth article in our “RSC Guest Analysis” publication series, entitled “An Unnatural Nexus of Interests: The Israeli-Russian-Iranian Triad,” RSC Resident Fellow Lynette Hacopian presents a unique assessment of the convergence and conflict of interests in Syria and beyond between three major powers: Israel, Russia and Iran. Hacopian argues that in the wake of the Russian military intervention in Syria, the “future of Tehran-Moscow relations will be contingent upon gaining back and maintaining trust between the two countries, and uniting based on their shared interests, provided that a more structured and intensive relationship is established.” She concludes her analysis by noting that “while it is premature to tell where the long-term relationship between Russia and Iran is headed, their shared short-term goals will ensure the continuation of their temporary alliance and active engagement in joint military operations, at least until the power balance in Syria is determined.”
In an interview with the Armenian “Lragir” news agency, RSC Analyst Mikayel Zolyan criticized the recent “1000 dram” fundraising drive by the Armenian Ministry of Defense through the imposition of a new “tax” on Armenian citizens as an unwarranted case of “extortion of the population.”
In an interview with Diana Museliani of the Tbilisi-based Georgian “Accent News Agency,” RSC Director Richard Giragosian focuses on the implications for Georgia and the region from the recent move to form “joint” Armenian-Russian unit command, and with a wider assessment of Armenian-Russian relations.
In an interview with the “Gala TV,” RSC Analyst Mikayel Zolyan commented on the Armenian political opposition, arguing that “the opposition needs to create a wider popular movement if it sincerely seeks a change in government.”
As part of a longer interview with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Armenian Service, RSC Director Richard Giragosian offered commentary on Armenian domestic politics. The longer interview, for RFE/RL Director Hrair Tamrazian’s weekly Sunday program on 13 November, focused first on the recent U.S. presidential elections, along with Armenian parliamentarian Tevan Poghosyan and the head of the Yerevan Press Club, Boris Navasardian.