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
As part of an annual series of US Congressional hearings, two senior intelligence community officials testified at an open hearing before the US Senate Armed Services Committee on 26 February, reporting on the “Worldwide Threat Assessment.” The attached are the official declassified reports from James R. Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), and Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)..
In the latest in our series of RSC Staff Papers, Dr. Haykak Arshamyan offered his assessment of recent political developments related to the confrontation between the ruling Republican Party and the country’s second-largest political party, Prosperous Armenia. His three-page Armenian-language analysis also focused of the impact of these developments, in terms of the broader political transition in Armenia..
In a follow-up to earlier RSC staff comments on the current status of the Nagorno Karabakh peace process, RSC Senior Analyst David Shahnazaryan added his assessment, focusing on how Azerbaijani attacks on the mediators themselves has triggered a serious shift in diplomacy..
In a brief, concise interview with RFE/RL’s Armenian Service, RSC Director Richard Giragosian explains the significance of the recent statement of the OSCE Minsk Group regarding the recent escalation of clashes and upsurge in fighting along the Armenian-Azerbaijani border and Nagorno Karabakh. Giragosian praised the reaction, which he defined as “seeking to send a stronger message to deter and dissuade Azerbaijan from its reckless disregard for diplomacy and its insistence in threatening not only Karabakh, nor Armenia, but the international community as a whole.”.
In a brief analytical note released on January 27, the RSC looks at an interesting development, with implications for Armenian politics. The one-page brief, entitled “A Fresh Surprise and New Suspense in Armenian Domestic Politics,” looks at the possible emergence of Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan as a possible contender for the Armenian presidency..