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 an interview with the Lragir news agency published on 10 March, RSC Analyst Mikayel Zolyan offered a fresh assessment of recent developments in Armenian politics, with an analysis of the country’s transition to a new parliamentary form of government. In the interview, conducted in Armenian, Zolyan noted that the series of recent personnel changes is related to the strategy of the incumbent president to “strengthen his hold on power” and further argued that the president is now intent on “trying to reduce his dependence” on the ruling Republican party.
In an Armenian-language interview with the Armenian “1in.am” news agency on 9 March, RSC Senior Analyst David Shahnazaryan assessed the broader context of the visit to Moscow of Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian. Noting that the visit comes in the wake of a sensational Russian media leak of Armenian “military secrets,” Shahnazaryan also revealed that Russia has been steadily following a policy of “militarization” of the South Caucasus, which he contended was a serious threat to the delicate regional balance of power. He added as part of this Russian strategy, a series of public leaks, disclosures and statements also reveal a policy of “blackmail and intimidation” aimed at pressuring both Armenia and Azerbaijan.
In the third article for the “RSC Guest Analysis” publication series, RSC Resident Fellow Marine Sarsgyan presents an analysis of the military alliances and security trajectories of the three countries of the South Caucasus. Sargsyan is a Doctoral Student at Leiden University in the Netherlands and holds a six-month RSC Fellowship, working in our office in Yerevan.
In the second part of an interview with Aram Sargsyan of the “1in.am” news agency, RSC Director Richard Giragosian assessed Armenia’s enhanced strategic significance, in the broader context of developments in the South Caucasus and the wider Middle East.
On 1 March 2016, RSC Director Richard Giragosian met with Federica Mogherini, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, during her visit to Armenia. Convened at the EU Delegation to Armenia, the RSC was among seven other civil society organizations to meet with the EU foreign policy official and in a meeting that lasted for nearly ninety minutes, presented and discussed a wide range of issues, ranging from the domestic situation in Armenia to broader regional developments.