RSC STAFF ANALYSIS: “RUSSIAN HARD POWER IN THE SOUTH CAUCASUS”
In the latest in our series of RSC Staff Papers, entitled, “Russian Hard Power in the South Caucasus,” RSC Resident Fellow Kathleen C. Weinberger offers an innovative analysis of the main drive... Read News
RSC STAFF ANALYSIS OF PROPOSED ARMENIAN CONSTITUTIONAL REFORMS
In the latest in our series of RSC Staff Papers, two RSC staff members offered a fresh analysis of various aspects of the ongoing discussion in Armenia over the government’s plans to amend the Ar... Read News
US INTELLIGENCE REPORTS TO CONGRESS ON WORLD WIDE THREAT ASSESSMENT
As part of an annual series of US Congressional hearings, two senior intelligence community officials testified at an open hearing before the US Senate Armed Services Committee on 26 February, repo... Read News
RSC STAFF ANALYSIS ON DOMESTIC ARMENIAN POLITICS
In the latest in our series of RSC Staff Papers, Dr. Haykak Arshamyan offered his assessment of recent political developments related to the confrontation between the ruling Republican Party and th... Read News
RSC RELEASES BRIEF ANALYTICAL NOTE ON NEW SURPRISE IN ARMENIAN POLITICS
In a brief analytical note released on January 27, the RSC looks at an interesting development, with implications for Armenian politics. The one-page brief, entitled “A Fresh Surprise and New Sus... Read News
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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.
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In cooperation with our Georgian partner organization, the Economic Policy Research Center (EPRC), the Regional Studies Center (RSC) held a joint discussion panel on 5 December entitled, “Regional Divergence: The European Union and the Eurasian Union.” Hosted by the Open Society Institute Georgia Foundation (OSGF), the discussion was moderated by OSGF Executive Director Keti Khutsishvili and featured welcoming remarks by Nino Evgenidze, the Executive Director of the Economic Policy Research Center (EPRC), followed by presentations by RSC Director Richard Giragosian and EPRC Senior Research Advisor Giorgi Bakradze.
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Participating in the “Հարթակ” (“Platform”) talk show hosted by the Lragir.am electronic news agency on 28 November, RSC Project Coordinator Haykak Arshamyan assessed the latest wave of assaults targeting civil society activists in Armenia. Arshamyan noted that the latest incidents, involving both a physical assault of a young activist and a coordinated series of arson attacks against the vehicles belonging to civil society activists, were part of a broader context of “impunity,” as demonstrated by the complete failure of the police to arrest or even identify any of the assailants involved in such attacks against civil figures.
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The LIBERTAS – European Institute GmbH think-tank published a recent RSC report entitled, “Nagorno-Karabakh Situational Assessment,” in the 28 November issue of its “European Union Foreign Affairs Journal” (EUFAJ). The RSC Assessment was prepared in response to the 12 November downing of a Nagorno-Karabakh army helicopter by an Azerbaijani frontline unit. The three page assessment ( www.regional-studies.org/en/publications/analytical/400-171114) warned that the shoot down of the Mi-24 combat helicopter marked a fresh escalation of tension, only enhanced by an earlier surge in fighting in August that was the most serious since the May 1994 ceasefire. The RSC report further noted that the repercussions from this one incident are even more significant, however, with broader implications, ranging from the military situation to the peace process itself.
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On 28 November, the RSC provided a special training on analysis and “critical thinking” for 25 staff members from several committees of the Armenian parliament. As a component of the RSC Parliamentary Support project, this staff training was the latest of our activities designed to enhance the institutional capacity of the Armenian National Assembly through analytical support and technical expertise in the areas of parliamentary oversight, committee hearings, legislative review and the public policy process.