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 a live interview with Turkey’s TRT Türk TV channel on 4 August, Regional Studies Center (RSC) Director Richard Giragosian assessed the recent clashes along the “line of contact” between Nagorno Karabakh and Azerbaijan, as well as fighting along the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, representing the most serious fighting since the 1994 ceasefire effectively ended outright hostilities. TRT Türk is the International TV channel of the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation..
In comments for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Armenian Service on 1 August, RSC Director Richard Giragosian offered his analysis of the coming presidential election in Turkey, with a focus on the implications for Armenia..
RSC Director Richard Giragosian assessed recent developments in Armenian-Turkish normalization in an interview on 30 July 2014 with CNN-Turk. Giragosian focused on the impact of both the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide and the coming Turkish elections on the normalization effort and also assessed the diplomatic efforts to overcome Azerbaijani resistance to Turkish engagement of Armenia..
In an interview with the 1in.am electronic news agency (dubbed into Armenian) on 30 July, RSC Director Richard Giragosian assessed recent developments related to the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, including an analysis of recent Russian arms sales to Azerbaijan, the increase in ceasefire violations and attacks by Azerbaijani military forces, and the status of the OSCE Minsk Group’s mediation efforts aimed at maintaining diplomatic dialogue and preventing the outbreak of full hostilities..
In a new publication released on 29 July by the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), RSC Director Richard Giragosian assessed recent developments in Armenia-EU relations. The ECFR publication, entitled “Protecting the European Choice,” was edited by Andrew Wilson and included s series of case studies on Ukraine, Armenia, Georgia and Moldova. Each analysis offered a unique assessment of “Russian pressure,” which the authors found to be “often self-defeating,” and articulated specific policy recommendations for the EU in crafting a new strategy towards Russia and the periphery..