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 part of our research and analysis, the Regional Studies Center (RSC) has initiated an “Armenian Media Monitoring” effort, focusing on political and economic developments and based on a daily survey of Armenian print and electronic media outlets. This is our third publicly available edition, proving a brief summary of articles covering the period of 1-15 March 2016.
The RSC offers a summary compilation of the most significant articles, translated into English and produced every two weeks.
On 14 March, the Regional Studies Center (RSC), an independent think tank in Yerevan, convened its latest in a series of special “Focus Groups.” In coordination with a visiting group of graduate students from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington (GW) University, one of the leading graduate schools in international affairs in the United States, this latest Focus Group was focused on a discussion of one main theme: “Reformulating Western Policy toward Russia in the Post-Soviet Space.” The GW group was visiting Armenia as part of their Capstone Research project, which consists of three country-specific case studies: Armenia, Estonia and Ukraine.
Meeting in Yerevan on 11 March, RSC Director Richard Giragosian briefed a visiting delegation from the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on recent developments in domestic Armenian politics and trends in Armenian foreign policy, including the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the outlook for Armenia-Turkey “normalization,” as well as developments in Armenia-EU relations.
The Regional Studies Center (RSC) hosted a group of 45 students and faculty from the College of Europe’s Natolin (Warsaw) campus for a briefing on “Security in the South Caucasus,” with presentations by RSC Director Richard Giragosian, RSC Senior Analyst David Shahnazaryan and Dr. Sergey Minasian, the Deputy Director of the Caucasus Institute.
In the latest in our “RSC Staff Analysis” publication series, Dr. Haykak Arshamyan offered a new analysis entitled, “Information leak on Armenian Army or Russia's new strategy in the region.” This is the English-version of the original Armenian-language article, which assessed the implications of a recent analytical publication in the Russian weekly newspaper “Military-Industrial Courier,” where the deputy director of Institute of Political and Military Analysis Aleksandr Khramchikhin revealed confidential detailed information about the Armenian armed forces.