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 his latest external publication, RSC Analyst Mikayel Zolyan authored an article (in Armenian) examining “the historically complicated relationship between nationalism and liberalism.” Published in the journal “Analyticon,” the article explores the fact that “nationalism is often linked to extreme conservatism, denial of democratic and liberal values with anti-Western and anti-modern attitudes.”
- Category: RSC Blog
In our latest RSC Blog post, Dr. Haykak Arshamyan assesses the recent political agreement between the Republican Party of Armenia and the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF). The Armenian-language article entitled, “Political Cooperation or Devastation of the Political Arena?” looks at the reasons, terms and conditions, as well as the consequences of the agreement. The author concludes that this political agreement is the continuation of monopolization of the political field and argues that President Sargsyan used this agreement as a tool to “neutralize” one more party in the parliament.
In the wake of the recent announcement of a new pro-government coalition, the latest in our “RSC Staff Analysis” publication series assesses the domestic political situation in Armenia. RSC Analyst Mikayel Zolyan offers his own unique assessment, entitled “Consolidating Power: Armenia’s Ruling Elite Prepares for a Transition to a Parliamentary Republic.”
- Category: RSC Reading Room
Despite Russian aggression in Ukraine and growing threats along NATO’s southern flank, many European allies find it difficult to increase their defense capabilities and meet the commitments they made at the Wales Summit. To address this important challenge, the Atlantic Council produced its Alliance at Risk report, which draws together noted experts and former senior officials to examine the vulnerabilities in European defense and provide recommendations on the way forward. The project highlights six leading nations from NATO’s north, south, east, and west, which also serves to illuminate the many perspectives and diverse defense priorities that exists within the Alliance today.
In an interview with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Armenian Service, RSC Director Richard Giragosian hailed the upcoming visit to Armenia by Federica Mogherini, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission. Giragosian noted that this visit is only “the latest reaffirmation of Armenia’s enhanced strategic significance” and represents an “important step in Armenia’s course of regaining and restoring a relationship with the European Union.”