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
Following a lengthy external research project for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Hurford Foundation, RSC Analyst Mikayel Zolyan assessed the differing positions on Nagorno-Karabakh of the West and Russia. The publication, entitled, “Preventing Escalation in the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: Threats to Euro-Atlantic Security and Opportunities for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation,” was a result of a series of interviews with key analysts and officials in Moscow, Berlin, Brussels and Washington. This external research project was also part of Dr. Zolyan’s participation in the Hurford “Next Generation” Fellowship Program, which is administered by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, in support of the EuroAtlantic.
In the second installment of a two-part interview with the “1in.am” eletronic news agency, RSC Director Richard Giragosian reviewed recent foreign policy challenges facing Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh, inlcuding a focus on Armenia’s security ties with Russia and the CSTO, and the current state of the Karabakh peace process. The interview, conducted by Aram Sargsyan, was in English but dubbed into Armenian.
In an interview with the Armenian “Asbarez” news agency, RSC Analyst Mikayel Zolyan criticized the conduct of local elections in Armenia, pointing to the significance of vote-buying and “administrative pressure” exerted by the authorities.
In the first of a two-part interview with the “1in.am” eletronic news agency, RSC Director Richard Giragosian offered an assessment of recent developments in Armenian domestic politics, including several key local elections and the appointment of a new cabinet led by recently installed Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan. The interview, conducted on 11 October by Aram Sargsyan, was in English but dubbed into Armenian. The second part of the interview, to be aired later, focused on regional developments and Armenian foreign policy issues.
RSC Senor Analyst David Shahnazaryan and RSC Director Richard Giragosian participated in a seminar on Armenia-Turkey “normalization” organized by the Civic Consent NGO on 8 October. Shahnazaryan’s presentation focused on the broader geopolitical context of Armenia-Turkey, while Giragosian’s presentation, entitled “Armenia-Turkey normalization: Looking back, leaning forward,” assessed the key issues of defining the normalization process, defending the process of engagement and devising a strategy for re-engagement between Armenia and Turkey (Giragosian’s presentation notes are attached).