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
As a contributor to the Carnegie Europe’s series of analytical articles in Judy Dempsey’s Strategic Europe, Regional Studies center (RSC) Analyst Dr. Mikayel Zolyan authored a “Letter from Yerevan,” offering his innovative assessment of the view of EU foreign policy from Armenia..
26-27 October 2015
Regional Studies Center (RSC) Director Richard Giragosian and Senior Analyst David Shahnazaryan participated in the “3rd South Caucasus Security Forum,” which took place on October 26-27, 2015 in Tbilisi, Georgia. The RSC served as a strategic partner for the Centre for European and North Atlantic Affairs (CENAA), which organized the security forum in cooperation with the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (GFSIS) and Georgian Ministry of Defence. The conclusions of the “3rd South Caucasus Security Forum” are now available.
Commenting on the visit to Armenia of Iran’s First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri on 14 October, RSC Director Richard Giragosian noted the significance of the visit in an interview with Sargis Harutyunyan for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Armenian Service..
In an interview with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Armenian Service on 12 October, RSC Director Richard Giragosian hailed the EU’s official mandate to start formal negotiations over a new legal framework for relations between Armenian and the European Union..
RSC Director Richard Giragosian was a guest on the weekly talk show hosted by Hrair Tamrazian, the Director of the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Armenian Service on 4 October. Joined by journalist Hakob Badalyan, Giragosian discussed the recent week’s events, including the Armenian president’s attendance at the UN General Assembly meeting in New York and visit to Washington, as well as developments related to the set of proposed amendments to the Armenian constitution and the escalation of tension and recent surge in fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh. The 40-minute talk show was in Armenian, with Giragosian’s English-language analysis dubbed into Armenian..