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 far-ranging interview with the “1in.am” electronic news agency on January 27, RSC Senior Analyst David Shanhazaryan assessed the recent clashes along the Armenian-Azerbaijani border and the flare-up of fighting, and offered an analysis of the current crisis in Armeian-Russian relations..
RSC Director Richard Giragosian participated in a discussion of the recent escalation of clashes over Nagorno Karabakh and along the Armenian-Azerbaijani border in a roundtable organized by the Yerevan-based Media Center on January 26. Giragosian joined Armenian parliamentarian Tevan Poghosyan, Stepan Girgoryan, the head of the Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation, and Shahin Rzayev, the Azerbaijan country director of the Baku office of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR)..
In detailed comments published in the Sunday edition of the Turkish newspaper Today’s Zaman entitled, “Turkey’s attempt to distract from Armenian centennial commemorations falls short,” RSC Director Richard Giragosian offered his assessment of the Turkish president’s invitation to his Armenian counterpart to attend the April 24 centennial commemorations of the Gallipoli Campaign of World War I, to be held on the same day as the traditional commemoration of the Armenian genocide..
RSC Director Richard Giragosian assessed the recent escalation of clashes in an interview on January 23 with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Armenian Service. Giragosian noted “the significant expansion of the recent clashes, in terms of both intensity and geography, noting the fighting went far beyond Nagorno Karabakh to include the Armenian-Azerbaijani border proper.” Stressing that “this latest escalation began well before this past month, but warned that unlike the past, when ceasefire violations were measured by the number of shots fired, this escalation is now dangerously defined by casualties nearly every day.”.
RSC Project Coordinator Haykak Arshamyan appeared in an interview on the Shoghakat TV station on January 22, offering an analysis of Armenian national identity. Hosted by Anna Sargsyan, the interview, entitled “Totalitarian System and Man: National Identity,” included the opinions of anthropologist Mkhitar Gabrielyan. For his part, Dr. Arshamyan noted that Armenian national identity was “national in form, and socialistic in content,” as “this was how the system and the formation of national identity would relate to each other as forced by the Soviet totalitarian system.” Arshamyan then focused on how national identity was transformed in the totalitarian and post-totalitarian period..