EARLY WARNING ALERT: RSC RELEASES NAGORNO KARABAKH SITUATIONAL ASSESSMENT
As part of its series of early warning alerts, the RSC released a brief “situational assessment” on March 13, 2014 offering concise analysis of reports of unusual troop movements in Azerbaijan, tr... Read News
NEW RSC PUBLICATION: “STRATEGIC SETBACK: ARMENIA AND THE CUSTOMS UNION”
Summary In a surprise development, on September 3, 2013, Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian announced a dramatic “U-turn” in Armenian policy. While in Moscow, after being summoned to a ... Read News
NEW EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT REPORT ON TURKEY-ARMENIA
The European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs recently released a report from a joint meeting on September 18, 2013 focusing on “Turkey-Armenia Relations.” The meetin... Read News
NEW PUBLICATION OF NOTE: THE SOUTH CAUCASUS 2018 - FACTS, TRENDS, FUTURE SCENARIOS
The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) South Caucasus has recently published a new book with contributions from a number of prominent experts and analysts from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. The 370-... Read News
RSC Calls for Greater EU Engagement in Nagorno-Karabakh
In a brief four-page policy memo, the Regional Studies Center (RSC) called for greater engagement by the European Union in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and issued a set of policy recommendations ... Read News
At the invitation of the Armenian Ministry of Defense, RSC Director Richard Giragosian participated in a two-day International Strategic Policy Forum of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). The forum, entitled “Integration of National and Regional Peacekeeping Capacities into the Global System of Peace Operations,” was held from 1-2 July and included senior officers and officials from the CSTO Secretariat and Joint Staff, and representatives from Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Russian Federation and Tajikistan.
In a commentary published by IWPR, RSC Director Richard Giragosian assessed his recent visit to Baku, noting that as a “rare chance for Armenian-Azerbaijani dialogue, just meeting face to face offers opportunities to engage in considered discussion and to listen to the other side.”
In an interview with the Armenian “Hayots Ashkhar” (“Armenian World”) newspaper on 1 July, RSC Director Richard Giragosian assessed recent developments in Armenian foreign policy, including the Nagorno Karabakh peace process and a recent debate over Azerbaijan in the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.
In the latest addition to an already expanding staff, the Regional Studies Center (RSC) is pleased to announce that David Shahnazaryan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, has joined the RSC staff as a Senior Analyst. Starting on 1 July, Ambassador Shahnazaryan will provide strategic guidance, offer innovative analysis, and specific support for several of our current projects.
Most notably, he will be directly engaged in 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 will also be working as a Senior Analyst on other ongoing RSC projects, including our projects dealing with the wider region, including Georgia, Iran and broader regional developments. He will also be engaged in our “track two” diplomacy with both Azerbaijan and Turkey.
Given his vast experience and prominence, the RSC is pleased to welcome Ambassador Shahnazaryan. As background, he 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.
In the first of a series of new RSC commentaries for Al Jazeera English, RSC Director Richard Giragosian’s article “Georgia's EU alignment: Regional repercussions” was published on 30 June.