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 monthly briefing on 30 March, with a presentation by RSC Director Richard Giragosian focusing on an analysis of domestic political developments in Armenia and an assessment of regional developments (briefing notes attached).
Marking the first day of an official two-day state visit to Armenia by Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze, RSC Director Richard Giragosian noted the significance of the visit as an element in a broader effort to deepen and expand bilateral relations between Armenia and Georgia. The Georgian Foreign Minister will also meet with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan, and will hold a joint press conference with Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandyan.
In an interview (in Armenian) with Aram Sargsyan for the “1in.am” news agency, RSC Director Richard Giragosian assessed trends in regional security, Armenia, NATO and Russia. Giragosian noted that although “NATO is not an alternative for Armenia’s security,” it is an important “addition and supplement to the country’s security and as a partner for defense and security reform,” as demonstrated by the impressive course of Armenian defense reform and its deepening of ties with NATO’s Partnership for Peace (PfP) programme.
In two interviews with “A1+” TV’s Aram Abrahamyan, Dr. Haykak Arshamyan commented on current developments. IN an interview with “A1+” TV’s “A-F” program, Arshamyan assessed the tragic terrorist attacks in Brussels and for the “P.S.” program of “A1+” TV, analyzed the recent amendments of new Armenian electoral code and commented on the agendas of various political parties in Armenia.
In a wide-ranging interview with Péter Bakodi for the new Hungarian conservative daily newspaper “Magyar Idők,” RSC Director Richard Giragosian assessed the recent escalation of clashes over Nagorno-Karabakh, the impact on Armenia of the Russian-Turkish crisis, and the broader issue of Armenian-Iranian relations.