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
At the invitation of the Georgian government, RSC Senior Analyst David Shahnazaryan attended a two-day international conference in Batumi, Georgia from 10-11 July and delivered a presentation on regional security and public diplomacy. The conference, entitled “Georgia’s European Way,” was opened by the Georgian Prime Minister and Foreign Minister and brought together a number of senior officials and representatives from civil society, as well as leading analysts to “discuss issues related to the implementation of the Association Agreement, including the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), and the EU-Georgia cooperation agenda ahead of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) 2015 Riga Summit.”.
RSC Director Richard Giragosian presented a “critical assessment” of proposed amendments to the Armenian constitution at a public event on 10 July organized by the Apella Institute for Policy Analysis and Dialogue in partnership with the Open Society Foundations- Armenia. The international conference, entitled “Rethinking Constitutional Reforms in Context,” included presentations by Gagik Harutyunyan, the Chairman of the Armenian Constitutional Court, and the head of the Armenian government-formed Constitutional Reforms Commission, Professor Miroslaw Wyrzykowski, Professor, Chair of Human Rights, University of Warsaw, former Judge, Constitutional Court, Poland, Dr. Daniel Smilov, Programme Director, Centre for Liberal Strategies, Bulgaria and Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law, University of Sofia and CEU, and Dr. Alexei Pikulik, Director, Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies, and Assistant Professor, European University in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Giragosian’s formal presentation will be posted shortly..
In a brief interview with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's (RFE/RL) Armenian Service, RSC Director Richard Giragosian commented on recent developments in Armenian-Russian relations, welcoming the recent statement by the Armenian president expressing concern over recent Russian arms sales to Azerbaijan.
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At the invitation of the Armenian Ministry of Defense, RSC Director Richard Giragosian participated in a two-day International Strategic Policy Forum of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). The forum, entitled “Integration of National and Regional Peacekeeping Capacities into the Global System of Peace Operations,” was held from 1-2 July and included senior officers and officials from the CSTO Secretariat and Joint Staff, and representatives from Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Russian Federation and Tajikistan..
In a commentary published by IWPR, RSC Director Richard Giragosian assessed his recent visit to Baku, noting that as a “rare chance for Armenian-Azerbaijani dialogue, just meeting face to face offers opportunities to engage in considered discussion and to listen to the other side.”.