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
On 19 February 2016, The Regional Studies Center (RSC) convened a special “Focus Group” to discuss democratization and political change in Armenia. With two dozen participants, the Focus Group was also joined by representatives from the European Union Delegation to Armenia and the UK Embassy, serving as observers.
RSC Project Director Satenik Baghdasaryan participated in a meeting of the EU Alumni Network on 18 February convened by Ambassador Piotr Switalski, the head of the European Union Delegation to Armenia. The informal meeting brought together a small group of young professionals and civil society representatives who received scholarships or grants from the European Union.
As part of our research and analysis, the Regional Studies Center (RSC) has initiated a new “Armenian Media Monitoring” effort, focusing on political and economic developments and based on a daily survey of Armenian print and electronic media outlets. The RSC offers a summary compilation of the most significant articles, translated into English and produced every two weeks.
In the second in our new “RSC Guest Analysis” publication series, contributing analysts Armenak Minasyants and Iryna Bakhcheva presented a new assessment of Armenian-Ukrainian relations. The joint article, entitled “Armenian–Ukrainian Relations: Common Challenges and Different Visions,” also includes additional recommendations on how best to repair and restore the relationship.
In the first in a new “RSC Guest Analysis” publication series, RSC Resident Fellow Marine Sarsgyan presents her analysis: “EU-Russia Interdependence and Common Security Challenges.” Sargsyan is a Doctoral Student at Leiden University in the Netherlands and holds a six-month RSC Fellowship, working in our office in Yerevan.