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
RSC BRIEFING FOR SWISS OSCE OFFICIALS16 April 2014
RSC BRIEFS VISITING DELEGATION FROM FRENCH MINISTRY OF DEFENSE15 April 2014
RSC ANALYSIS FOR RFE/RL’s AZERBAIJANI SERVICE15 April 2014
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RSC staff Mikayel Zolyan and Haykak Arshamyan participated in a talk show on April 3 aired on the Yerevan-based Shoghakat TV channel. The forty-minute talk show, “Civilizations and Empires,” focused on several key questions posed by the moderator, Anna Sargsyan, and included a discussion of the concept of a “clash of civilizations,” as well as an assessment of Armenia’s choices in terms of civilization and identity.
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RSC Director Richard Giragosian was cited in an analysis of Armenian-Iranian relations published by EurasiaNet on April 2. The article, “Why is Russia Silent on Iran’s Gas Courtship of Armenia?” by Marianna Grigoryan, focused on the recent announcement by Armenian Energy Minister Armen Movsisian that Armenia is seeking a nearly 75 percent increase in the amount of natural gas it imports from Iran. Giragosian was cited as expressing doubt over Armenia’s ability to negotiate such a substantial new deal with Iran, arguing that in the wake of Armenia’s sated commitment to join the Russian-dominated Customs Union, it was far from certain whether Moscow would allow Yerevan such latitude. He further added that “the real question is how much freedom and flexibility Moscow will allow Yerevan to have in terms of expanding its relations and energy deals with Tehran.”
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At the invitation of Lithuanian Ambassador to Armenia Erikas Petrikas, RSC Director Richard Giragosian briefed the head of the Policy Planning Department of the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jonas Daniliauskas, during his visit to Yerevan. Giragosian presented a broad overview of regional security, with an added focus on Armenian foreign policy and the outlook for reform in the country. Since attending the EU Summit in Vilnius in November 2013, where the RSC Director met the president and defense minister of Lithuania, the RSC has been actively cooperating with the Lithuanian Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs.
The Regional Studies Center (RSC) is pleased to welcome Ms. Linn Nettelvik as our new Resident Fellow. Ms. Nettelvik was selected for a Resident Fellowship and will be working at the RSC from April-June 2014, conducting field research in support of her Master’s thesis on “Foreign Policy Change,” with Armenian foreign policy as her case study, in anticipation of a M.A. in Political Science from the Swedish National Defence College in Stockholm. She also holds a B.A. in Political Science, with an added focus on Crisis Management from the same institution, where she has also conducted extensive work in the area of cyber-security.
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The Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR) published a new RSC analytical commentary on March 28 focusing on Crimea and Karabakh, entitled “Armenians Seem Determined to Misread Crimea. Views differ in Armenia and Nagorny Karabakh, but both fail to see risks in backing Russia's stance.”