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
RSC Special Analysis: FIVE YEARS ON: ASSESSING THE AFTERMATH OF THE FIVE-DAY AUGUST 2008 GEORGIA-RUSSIA WAR
Report Summary Five years since the sudden outbreak of war between Georgia and Russia on August 7, 2008, the regional landscape of the South Caucasus has shifted sig... Read News
“A surprisingly suspenseful summit”. Richard Giragosian says that after Vilnius a new EU approach to Russia is going to be necessary.
Those used to attending EU summits and other heads of government meetings are usually resigned to long hours of tedious negotiations and long communiques that aim to please one and all. There will be some of that in Vilnius too, but as Richard Giragosian, Director of an indepenedent Armenian think tank Regional Studies Centre says as the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union hosts the third Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius, it is clear that this summit is very different.
In an interview with Radio France Internationale, RSC Director Richard Giragosian comments on the flawed decision by the Armenian president to forego the opportunity to initial an Association Agreement with the European Union. Giragosian pointed out that “even beyond the strategic blunder and missed opportunity that the Armenian decision demonstrates, the move also reveals a deeper deficiency in the decision-making process, which in this case, was conducted with no real study or analysis of the implications and reflected a flagrant disregard for either sound public policy or serious public opinion.” The RFI interview, broadcast in French, was the lead in to a story focusing on the Vilnius Eastern Partnership Summit, but part of a larger segment on Syrian refugees in Europe.
In a largely unexpected 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 meeting with his Russian counterpart, the Armenian president promised Russian officials that Armenia would join the Russian-led "Customs Union," and would support Moscow's efforts to "integrate" the former Soviet space. That decision effectively ended Armenia's planned "initialing" of an Association Agreement and related Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) with the European Union set for the Vilnius Summit in late November 2013.