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 Director Richard Giragosian assessed the risk of war over Nagorno-Karabakh in an article for al Jazeera entitled “Is war imminent in the Caucasus?”
The Regional Studies Center (RSC) held its latest closed monthly briefing on 22 December, offering a comprehensive analysis consisting of three main areas: (1) assessing recent political developments related to the implications of the passage of the 6 December Armenian constitutional referendum; (2) the outlook for Armenia-Turkey “normalization,” especially given the recent Turkish-Russian crisis, and (3) an assessment of the broader military situation, in light of the recent escalation of clashes over Nagorno-Karabakh and with an added focus on the outlook for the diplomatic mediation of the Karabakh conflict.
In a special report entitled, “Peacekeeping Contributor Profile: Armenia,” RSC Director Richard Giragosian authored a study of trends and developments regarding Armenia’s demonstrable commitment to international peacekeeping operations. The report, completed in late November, was commissioned as the 60th country study for an independent research project, “Providing for Peacekeeping,” of the International Peace Institute, the Elliott School at George Washington University, and the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect at the University of Queensland.
18 December 2015
In an insightful report, the U.S. Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued a report on 18 December raising new questions and challenges over the U.S. strategic concept of strengthening the military capabilities of foreign partners so that they could assume increased responsibility for regional security. With a varied record of achievements and limitations, including the U.S “Train & Equip” program for Georgia, for example, this report examines the American approach known as Building Partner Capacity (BPC), which “has increased in prominence within U.S. strategy, arguably becoming a central pillar of U.S. national security and foreign policy in recent years,” based on the premise that strengthening fragile foreign security institutions abroad will have benefits for U.S. national security.
18 December 2015
Although the Russian Navy receives far too little attention, as much of the analytical focus tends to be dominated by the Russian army and air power, the U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) released an insightful new report on 18 December, entitled, “The Russian Navy – A Historic Transition.”