The Regional Studies Center (RSC) is an independent, nonprofit think tank offering a wide range of strategic analysis and objective research, and implementing a number of educational and policy-related projects.
As a leading think tank based in Armenia, the RSC conducts research and analysis and develops policy initiatives aimed at bolstering political and economic reform and conflict resolution in the broader South Caucasus region. The RSC strives to elevate political discourse and deepen civic activism while broadening engagement in the public policy process. In this way, the RSC partners with various actors and decision makers, including civil society, international organizations, the private sector, academia and state institutions.
As an independent think tank, the RSC produces a wide range of strategic analysis and objective research focused on five main program areas:
(1) Regional Analysis on the South Caucasus, but also including Iran, Russia and Turkey,
(2) National Security and Defense issues;
(3) Economics & Governance;
(4) Education & Social Issues, including gender issues;
(5) Public Policy.
One of the core longer-term goals of the Regional Studies Center (RSC) is to serve as a catalyst for reform and sustainable development by contributing to the formulation of public policy through innovative and objective strategic research and analysis.
Regional Studies Center (RSC)
60 Aram street, #53, 3rd floor
0010 Yerevan, Armenia
Tel: (+374) 11 70 99 69
Mr. Richard Giragosian is the Founding Director of the Regional Studies Center (RSC), an independent “think tank” located in Yerevan, Armenia. He also serves as a Visiting Professor and as a Senior Expert at the YerevanStateUniversity’s Centre for European Studies (CES) and is a contributing analyst for Oxford Analytica, a London-based global analysis and advisory firm.
Giragosian previously served from 2009-2011 as the Director of the ArmenianCenter for National and International Studies (ACNIS), another think tank in Armenia. From 1999-2008, he was a regular contributor to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) publications, and also served as a contributing analyst for the London-based Jane’s Information Group from 2003-2010, covering political, economic and security issues in the South Caucasus, Central Asia and the Asia-Pacific region. From 2008-2010, he was a regular columnist for the Turkish-language international edition of Newsweek and still serves as a consultant and adviser to several Turkish media outlets and analytical publications.
He has contributed to publications of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the Bertelsmann Foundation, the International Security Network (ISN), the Swiss Peace Foundation, and has written for Jane’s Defence Weekly, Oxford Analytica’s Daily Brief, theChina and Eurasia Forum Quarterly, Jane’s Intelligence Digest, the Hong Kong-based “Asia Times,” the journal Demokratizatsiya,Jane’s Foreign Report, the Journal of Slavic Military Studies, Jane’s Islamic Affairs Analyst, the “Turkish Daily News,” the Turkish Policy Quarterly, OxfordUniversity’s St. Antony’s International Review (STAIR), and the Harvard International Review, among others. He has also been regularly quoted and cited by the “Washington Post,” the “Wall Street Journal,” the “New York Times” and the “International Herald Tribune,” as well as by the BBC, AFP, Reuters and Bloomberg news agencies.
From 2002-2006, Giragosian served as a guest lecturer for the U.S. Army’s John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg, NC, and has participated in various research projects for the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service Institute (FSI), the Naval Post-Graduate School (NPS), the U.S. Navy’s Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS), and for the U.S. Air Force Special Operations School. He has also worked as a consultant for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the U.S. Departments of Defense and State, the United Nations, the World Bank, the European Union (EU), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the International Crisis Group (ICG), and the London-based global risk consultancy Control Risks, among others.
For nine years, Giragosian served as a Professional Staff Member of the Joint Economic Committee (JEC) of the U.S. Congress. As the committee’s principal staffer for the former Soviet Union and China, he was responsible for organizing Congressional hearings, studies and briefings for Members of Congress and served as JEC liaison to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). He has also worked as an analyst for Abt Associates Inc., a social science consulting firm, from 2000-2005, and was a research consultant for the New America Foundation and the Center for National Policy (CNP) in Washington.
Giragosian is a member of the IREX Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program Reading Committee and the Caucasus Research Resource Center (CRRC) Fellowship Selection Committee. He was twice appointed as a State Commissioner on the Virginia Governor’s Commission on Armenian Affairs and the Virginia Gubernatorial Armenian Advisory Commission. He has also served as an honorary member of the National Steering Committees of both the 1996 Clinton-Gore Reelection Campaign and the Gore 2000 Presidential Campaign.
David Shahnazaryan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, is a Senior Analyst, providing strategic guidance, innovative analysis, and specific support for several RSC projects, including our “Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalisation Process” project, which is funded by the European Union under the Instrument for Stability. In addition, Ambassador Shahnazaryan is also engaged in other ongoing RSC projects, including our projects dealing with the wider region, including Georgia, Iran and broader regional developments. He is also be engaged in our “track two” diplomacy with both Azerbaijan and Turkey.
Shahnazaryan is also the Founder & Chairman of the Center for Legal and Political Studies “Concord,” and is a former two-term deputy in the Armenian parliament (from 1991-1995 and 1995-1999), as well as a founding member of the Board of the “Armenian National Movement” Party. He has also held several senior-level posts in the Armenian government, serving as the Ambassador of the President of Armenia on Special Missions and Special Representative of the President of Armenia from 1992-1995, and as the Armenian Minister of National Security from 1994-1995.
Ms. Satenik Baghdasaryan is the Project Director of the RSC Black Sea project, focusing on broad economic, political and security issues in the wider Black Sea region. She also provides research and analysis in support of other RSC projects, and serves as a Teaching Assistant for graduate courses at the YerevanSateUniversity’s Centre for European Studies (CES).
Baghdasaryan holds an MA in European Studies from the YerevanStateUniversity’s (YSU) Center for European Studies, where she also earned a BA in Political Science, and completed the American Institute on Political and Economic Systems (AIPES) academic program at CharlesUniversity in Prague. She has also worked as a Research Assistant at the ArmenianCenter for National and International Studies (ACNIS) and as a Project Coordinator at the Civic Forum NGO, a Yerevan-based civil society organization. She has also officially represented the RSC in various conferences, both within Armenia and Europe, including a high-level conference devoted to the EU Eastern Partnership programme that was convened in Poland, and has also successfully completed a specialized “Managing Defense in the Wider Security Context” training course implemented by the UK Ministry of Defence, which took place in Tbilisi, Georgia in May 2012.
Mr. Robert Ghazinyan is the Project Director of the RSC Economic & Financial Analysis project, a strategic partnership with an Armenian financial education and services group. In addition to providing research and analysis in support of other RSC projects, including the RSC Turkey and Iran projects, he also serves as a Teaching Assistant for a certified professional development and training program for young professionals and graduate students, known as the “RSCExpertSchool.” Mr. Ghazinyan holds both a BA and an MA in Iranian Studies from the Yerevan State University (YSU). He has also successfully completed a specialized “Managing Defense in the Wider Security Context” training course implemented by the UK Ministry of Defence, which took place in Tbilisi, Georgia in May 2012. He has officially represented the RSC in various conferences, both within Armenia and Europe.