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 Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), RSC staff analyst Haykak Arshamyan assessed the broader significance of the ongoing hostage standoff in Armenia. Commenting on the “Founding Parliament” of Jirair Sefilyan, which the gunmen are affiliated with, Arshamyan noted that “they refuse [to participate in] the election process as it is today in Armenia due to violence and non-transparency in the system. And their program is that this government should resign and we should have a transition government and new elections," says Haykak Arshamyan, a political analyst at the Regional Studies Center in Yerevan. "Their ideas are a bit complicated and unclear."
Participating in a two-day conference jointly organized by the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (GFSIS) and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) in Tbilisi on 28-29 June, RSC Director Richard Giragosian presented an analysis entitled, “The Outlook for the Region in the Next 5-10 Years: Key Challenges, Dangers, and Opportunities.”
RSC Director Richard Giragosian participated in a regional conference in Tbilisi on 9 June entitled, “Energy Security – Old and New Geopolitical Paradigm,” organized by the Economic Policy Research Center (EPRC) and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. In his presentation, Giragosian assessed the broader geopolitics of energy in the Black, Caspian and Mediterranean Sea regions, as well as the Persian Gulf. The conference was also attended by Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and the Minister of Energy, Kakha Kaladze.
- Category: RSC Blog
In the latest RSC BLOG, entitled, “Europe: Changes in the Perception of Terrorism,” Satenik Baghdasaryan assesses the deeper context and significance of the wave of Islamist terrorism targeting Europe.
RSC Director Richard Giragosian briefed the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, on 12 April, on the current situation in the wake of the fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh. The RSC also presented a more detailed three-page report, entitled “The South Caucasus: Regional Challenges and Concerns,” for the UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA) that included five key “lessons learned” from the recent resumption of hostilities over Karabakh as well a set of six policy several recommendations for the United Nations.