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
RSC Director Richard Giragosian commented on the delicate military “balance of power” in the South Caucasus region in an article for Bloomberg News. The article, published on 14 November, was entitled, “Kamikaze Drones, Russian Missiles Jolt Oldest Ex-Soviet Conflict.” Giragosian commented on Armenia’s public display of its Iskander missile system at an Independence Day parade in September, explaining that “Armenia sought to use this display to deter Azerbaijan from a further attack and to demonstrate a solid position in the recently shifting military balance of power.” Giragosian also added that “this missile system is capable of reaching significant infrastructure and vulnerable targets in around Baku and throughout Azerbaijan. This is why the balance of power is now more equal.”
In an interview with Radio Azadliq, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Azerbaijani Service, RSC Director Richard Giragosian commented on the increasingly tense military situation in the region and the fragile balance of power. The commentary, with the original English dubbed into Azeri, was broadcast into Azerbaijan on 14 November.
In an interview with Hrair Tamrazian for his weekly Sunday program on Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Armenian Service, RSC Director Giragosian joined Armenian parliamentarian Tevan Poghosyan and the head of the Yerevan Press Club, Boris Navasardian to assess the recent U.S. presidential election and comment on recent developments in Armenian domestic politics.
In a joint RSC event with AEGEE-Yerevan, RSC Director Richard Giragosian gave a public presentation on the impact of the U.S. elections, with a lively discussion among participants.
On 11 November, the Regional Studies Center (RSC), an independent think tank in Armenia, held a Special Briefing assessing the implications for U.S. foreign policy from the newly elected Trump Administration.