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
The Regional Studies Center (RSC) held its latest in a series of closed monthly briefings on Wednesday, 28 September. This month's briefing featured presentations by RSC Director Richard Giragosian and Senior Analyst David Shahnazaryan focusing on three main areas:
The staff of the Regional Studies Center (RSC) hosted a group of cadets from the United States Military Academy (USMA), also known as West Point, and briefed them on regional developments in the South Caucasus, with a focus on Russia, Iran, Turkey, and the Nagorno Karabakh conflict. The West Point cadets were visiting Armenia as part of a study tour of the former Soviet states and were visiting Moldova and Georgia, as well as Armenia. The RSC regularly serves as a host for the West Point study tour and meets with the military participants every year.
In an interview with the Armenian “Asbarez” news agency, RSC Analyst Mikayel Zolyan critically assessed the new Armenian cabinet and reviewed the outlook and possibility of reforms, noting that “there are people in the government who directly benefit from corruption,” casting doubt on the government’s commitment to reform and tackling corruption.
In an analytical article for the “Russian International Affairs Council,” published in both English and in Russian, RSC Analyst Mikayel Zolyan assessed the new Armenian Prime Minister as an “Éminence Grise” and “Efficient Manager.”
In an interview with Armenia’s 1in.am news agency on 13 September, RSC Director Richard Giragosian assessed the U.S. presidential elections, with a focus on the implications for Armenia and the wider South Caucasus region. In the interview, conducted in English but dubbed into Armenian, Giragosian analyzed the outlook for U.S. foreign policy and American-Armenian relations in the event of a Clinton Administration or in the “less likely and more dangerous” scenario of a victory for the Republican candidate Donald Trump.