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 Armenian “Lragir” news agency, RSC Analyst Mikayel Zolyan offered his assessment of the impact on Armenia of the American presidential election, noting that the incoming Trump Administration will most likely be less engaged in the South Caucasus, although the foundation of Armenian-American relations will remain generally strong.
In an interview for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Armenian Service immediately after the results of the U.S. presidential election, RSC Director Giragosian offered his own perspective. The interview, conducted in English, was dubbed into Armenian.
In the latest session of our weekly certificate-based professional training course for students and young professionals, the Regional Studies Center (RSC) “Expert School” met on 8 November for a presentation and discussion of our analytical assessment of national stability and revolutionary unrest, including our work in applying this analytical model to assessing the outlook for stability in Armenia.
In an interview with the Armenian “Lragir” news agency, RSC Analyst Mikayel Zolyan assessed the current situation in Armenian domestic politics, with a focus on the “wavering of presidential power.”
In an analytical article co-authored with Hrant Kostanyan, for the Brussels-based Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) entitled, “EU-Armenian Relations: Seizing the Second Chance,” RSC Richard Giragosian assesses the outlook for Armenia-EU relations, including the ongoing negotiations for a new legal framework for deepening ties and expanding economic and trade relations.