RSC ANALYSIS: NAGORNO-KARABAKH SITUATIONAL ASSESSMENT
In response to the 12 November downing of a Nagorno-Karabakh army helicopter by an Azerbaijani frontline unit, the RSC released its latest “Nagorno-Karabakh Situational Assessment” on 17 Novemb... Read News
EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS PUBLISHES RSC ANALYSIS
In a new publication released on 29 July by the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), RSC Director Richard Giragosian assessed recent developments in Armenia-EU relations. The ECFR publicat... Read News
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
RSC ANALYSIS: NAGORNO-KARABAKH SITUATIONAL ASSESSMENT17 November 2014
RSC SPECIAL WORKSHOP & FOCUS GROUP: “THE FUTURE OF ARMENIA-EU RELATIONS”07 November 2014
RSC MONTHLY CLOSED BRIEFING05 November 2014
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In an interview with the Armenian “1in.am” electronic news agency, RSC Senior Analyst David Shahnazaryan offered extensive analysis assessing the impact of the tragic downing of a civilian Malayasian Airlines Being 777 over Ukraine. According to Shahnazaryan, the civilian aircraft was most likely downed by pro-Russian militia units in Donetsk in the eastern part of Ukraine, probably using the Russian “Buk” anti-aircraft missile system.
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In a two-part interview published on 16 and 17 July by the Armenian daily newspaper “Aravot,” RSC Project Director Haykak Arshamyan offered his analysis of developments in Armenian foreign policy, with a focus on the new security environment in the wake of Russian aggression against Ukraine, and also assessed the current state of domestic politics.
According to Dr. Arshamyan, the resilience of Armenian civil society has changed the internal political dynamic of the country, to the point where the Armenian government has become unable to effectively limit or silence civic activism. He further noted the demise of the Armenian government’s stated ambition to join the Russian-driven Eurasian Union project, and stressed that the future of Armenian relations with the European Union (EU) remains promising, despite the setbacks form the Armenian president’s blunder to sacrifice the Association Agreement with the EU.
www.aravot.am/2014/07/16/479964/ (first part)
www.aravot.am/2014/07/17/480280/ (second part)
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At the invitation of the Georgian government, RSC Senior Analyst David Shahnazaryan attended a two-day international conference in Batumi, Georgia from 10-11 July and delivered a presentation on regional security and public diplomacy. The conference, entitled “Georgia’s European Way,” was opened by the Georgian Prime Minister and Foreign Minister and brought together a number of senior officials and representatives from civil society, as well as leading analysts to “discuss issues related to the implementation of the Association Agreement, including the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), and the EU-Georgia cooperation agenda ahead of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) 2015 Riga Summit.”
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RSC Director Richard Giragosian presented a “critical assessment” of proposed amendments to the Armenian constitution at a public event on 10 July organized by the Apella Institute for Policy Analysis and Dialogue in partnership with the Open Society Foundations- Armenia. The international conference, entitled “Rethinking Constitutional Reforms in Context,” included presentations by Gagik Harutyunyan, the Chairman of the Armenian Constitutional Court, and the head of the Armenian government-formed Constitutional Reforms Commission, Professor Miroslaw Wyrzykowski, Professor, Chair of Human Rights, University of Warsaw, former Judge, Constitutional Court, Poland, Dr. Daniel Smilov, Programme Director, Centre for Liberal Strategies, Bulgaria and Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law, University of Sofia and CEU, and Dr. Alexei Pikulik, Director, Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies, and Assistant Professor, European University in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Giragosian’s formal presentation will be posted shortly.
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In a brief interview with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's (RFE/RL) Armenian Service, RSC Director Richard Giragosian commented on recent developments in Armenian-Russian relations, welcoming the recent statement by the Armenian president expressing concern over recent Russian arms sales to Azerbaijan.
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