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 wide-ranging interview with the Armenian media outlet “Arminfo,” RSC Director Richard Giragosian offered an assessment of broader regional trends, including a focus on developments in the Middle East, the successful Western-brokered nuclear deal with Iran and the current “crisis of confidence” in Armenian-Russian relations..
As part of a wider series of analyses focusing on “Russian soft power: At home and abroad” for the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), Richard Giragosian, the Director of the RSC, published his own assessment, entitled “Soft power in Armenia: Neither soft, nor powerful,” on 12 August 2015..
In a series of analyses focusing on Armenia’s “summer of discontent” that was manifested through weeks of protests, RSC Director Richard Giragosian offered four different views of the activism in Armenia. These included two articles for al Jazeera, “Armenians have lost faith in Russia” on 5 July, a commentary for the “New Eastern Europe” publication entitled, “Power and Protests: Armenian activism,” on 29 June, and “Armenia: approaching the precipice,” published on 26 June as a European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) Commentary..
In an article for the “Investor.ge” magazine, RSC Director Richard Giragosian offered an assessment of the impact of the January 2015 move by Armenia to join the Eurasian Customs Union, with a focus on “how much the deal will benefit Armenia - and if Yerevan still has a chance to build strong relations with the EU.”.
In an article entitled, “Armenian electricity tariffs hiked again, sparking social unrest,” that was published on 19 June by the “Business New Europe” (BNE) publication, RSC Director Richard Giragosian was cited as noting that “ordinary consumers have been hit hard, exacerbating the situation for the population of a country where one-third of the Armenian population lives in official poverty.” He added that “this latest increase will only further escalate mounting socioeconomic tension,” before concluding that “Armenia will certainly face a long, hot summer, although driven less by the weather and more by mounting dissent and discontent.”