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.27 November 2013
Réfugiés syriens: mais que fait l’Europe?27 November 2013
Richard Giragosian: Armenian-EU integration: Missed opportunities & strategic mistakes24 November 2013
CHINA’S XINHUA NEWS AGENCY INTERVIEWS RSC DIRECTOR05 November 2013
RSC DIRECTOR ASSESSES ARMENIA & CUSTOMS UNION01 November 2013
RSC INTERVIEW ON THE MILITARY SITUATION31 October 2013
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.
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The Chinese Xinhua news agency conducted an interview with the RSC on September 11, focusing on Armenian relations with the European Union and Russia.
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«Հայաստանը ԵՄ-ի ու Ռուսատանի հետ հարաբերություններում մանևրելու ավելի մեծ հնարավորությունների կարիքն ունի». Կիրակոսյան
«Հայաստանը կանգնած է Եվրամիության աչքերում կեղծավոր և անիրազեկ տպավորություն ստեղծելու վտանգի առջև»
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In an analysis by Marianna Grigoryan, “Armenia: Customs Union Commitment Risks EU Cooperation Chances,” published on September 10 by Eurasianet, the RSC was cited for noting that the decision has “cast doubts” on the Armenian president’s “reform dedication.” The articles noted that, “Richard Giragosian, a political scientist and director of the Regional Studies Center in Yerevan, described Sargsyan’s Customs Union policy as perhaps the gravest geopolitical error in Armenia’s post-Soviet history, and, if implemented, one that would have lasting consequences for Armenia.
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“Armenia’s New Choice:
Scenarios for the Economic and Political Future”
12 September 2013
The Regional Studies Center (RSC) and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) are holding a joint public event on 12 September, with presentations by a panel comprised of leading analysts and public figures focusing on the recent Armenian decision to join the Russian-led “Customs Union.”
That decision effectively canceled Armenia’s planned “initialing” of a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) agreement with the European Union (EU) that, along with a pending Association Agreement, was to be concluded at the Vilnius Summit in late November 2013.
This event will offer a neutral platform to examine the issues and implications from Armenia’s decision to join the Customs Union, with speakers providing objective assessments of the “pros and cons” of the move. Moreover, the event is an opportunity for public education and debate over this important issue, which despite a flurry of media coverage, was never publicly discussed in such a format.
The event will be in English and Armenian, with simultaneous translation provided.
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Lambasting President Serzh Sargsyan’s recent last minute announcement that Armenia is planning to join the Russian led Customs Union as “closing the door to Europe, Yerevan-based political analyst Richard Giragosian said there was still time for Yerevan to make sure the door isn’t “locked”.