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 COMMENTS ON IMPACT OF DOWNING OF CIVILIAN AIRCRAFT OVER UKRAINE21 July 2014
UKRAINIAN WEEKLY NEWSPAPER CITES RSC SENIOR ANALYST ON OUTLOOK FOR EURASIAN UNION18 July 2014
RSC SENIOR ANALYST ASSESSES IMPACT OF DOWNING OF CIVILIAN AIRLINER OVER UKRAINE18 July 2014
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The Yerevan-based Public Journalism Club (PJC) hosted a joint press conference on April 8 with a discussion of Armenian foreign policy by RSC Director Richard Giragosian and Alexander Iskandaryan, the Director of the Caucasus Institute. The discussion focused on a review of trends and developments in Armenian foreign policy, with an added analysis of events inUkraine, Syria and Russian-Armenian relations, as well as a brief look at domestic Armenian politics in the wake of the resignation of the Armenian prime minister.
For some of the Armenian media coverage, see the article (in Armenian) published in the “168 Zham” daily newspaper:
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RSC Director Richard Giragosian dismissed speculation that the recent resignation of Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian was a result of Russian pressure, adding that the decision was made by two Sarkisians: Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian and President Serzh Sarkisian.
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In an Armenian-language interview with Araks Martirosyan of the 1in.am news agency, RSC Director Richard Giragosian provided an in-depth assessment of recent developments in Armenian foreign policy, ranging from the crisis in Ukraine to the mediation of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict.
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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.”