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 piece for Russia Direct published on 8 December 2015, Russian political scientist Sergey Markedonov makes an interesting case for a modification of Russian policy toward Armenia. Most notably, he calls on the Kremlin to adopt a new policy of “diversified relations” with “all the political forces in Armenia, with an emphasis not so much on the person of the leader (or persons of the leading group), but on the strengthening of Russian-Armenian strategic cooperation.”
Dr. Mathew Burrows and Prof. Alexander Dynkin
2 December 2015
“Global System on the Brink: Pathways toward a New Normal” is a joint study by the Atlantic Council's Strategic Foresight Initiative and the Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO). Work on this joint assessment of global trends began before the onset of the recent crisis in US-Russian relations, but is more relevant than ever today as we seek to avoid a greater conflict and achieve a new normal of cooperation between Russia and the West. In keeping with previous forecasting works published by the Atlantic Council and the IMEMO, the study examines current trends and potential scenarios for global developments over the next twenty years.
Despite the rapid globalization of the past few decades, which promised cooperation and integration, the potential for major state conflict is on the rise due to deep fragmentation within and between societies. The old confrontation between capitalism and communism has given way to conflicts of moral values with nationalist, religious, and historical-psychological overtones. The worst outcome would be the emergence of a new bipolarity, pitting a group of states centered around China and Russia against the United States and some European and Asian allies. However serious the current situation, the study emphasizes the opportunities for narrowing differences.
In an article for al Jazeera entitled, “Turkey-Russia: The inevitable clash of the titans,” RSC Director Richard Giragosian assesses the domestic context of the Russian-Turkish crisis, arguing that political dividends only deepen division and encourage escalation.
As an independent think tank in Armenia, the Regional Studies Center (RSC) was pleased to have been invited to offer an analytical review of the recently released “European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) Review.” On 26 November, the RSC submitted its analytical comments on the ENP review, with a specific focus on the opportunities for Armenia.
On Thursday, 26 November, the Regional Studies Center (RSC) held a special “Focus Group” on the current state of the international mediation of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, with an added assessment of the outlook for the peace process..