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’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..
In the latest in our series of RSC Staff Papers, entitled, “Russian Hard Power in the South Caucasus,” RSC Resident Fellow Kathleen C. Weinberger offers an innovative analysis of the main drivers and determinants of Russian strategy for securing its power and influence throughout the “near abroad.”.
In a joint commentary by Professor Tornike Sharashenidez, the Head of the MA Program of International Affairs in Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA) and RSC Director Richard Giragosian, the implications of engaging Iran on the wider South Caucasus region were examined. The article was published as a commentary piece for the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) on 18 September 2015..
In the latest in our series of RSC Staff Papers, two RSC staff members offered a fresh analysis of various aspects of the ongoing discussion in Armenia over the government’s plans to amend the Armenian constitution. In the first paper, Dr. Mikayel Zolyan, RSC Analyst, assessed the course of Armenia’s proposed constitutional reforms in a 5-page article entitled, “Parliamentary Democracy or One-Party State: What is Behind Armenia’s Constitutional Reform.” The second paper, authored by RSC Resident Fellow Kathleen C. Weinberger and entitled, “Armenia’s Constitutional Reforms: Forward Movement or Momentous Fallacy?” examines the issue of Armenian constitutional reform in the broader international context with an added comparative analysis..