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
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In an analysis by Vladimir Socor in the Jamestown Foundation’s Eurasia Daily Monitor entitled, “The End of ‘Complementarity’ in Armenia’s Foreign Policy,” Armenia’s recent decision to join the Customs Union was criticized for “repudiating the European Union’s offer to conclude association and trade agreements with Armenia—an offer that the United States had also encouraged Yerevan to embrace. Instead, Armenia’s decision in favor of Russia’s economic bloc, compounding Yerevan’s military alliance with Moscow, brings the process of Russia’s satellization of Armenia close to completion.” The analysis went on to cite RSC, stating that “as described by the prominent analyst Richard Giragosian (a rare critic in Yerevan of the September 3 decision), the “complementarity” principle supposedly combined reliance on Russia to protect Armenia militarily with reliance on the West to promote Armenia’s economic development.”
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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-page book was the culmination of a longer term intensive project involving several collaborative meetings and seminars among the authors aimed at formulating a comprehensive strategic vision of the region, with a focus on the political, economic and security dimensions of the South Caucasus.
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Վերջին շրջանում հայ հասարակության տարբեր շերտերում առավել լայն քննարկվող թեմաներից մեկը Հայաստանի՝ Մաքսային միությանը միանալու մասին որոշումն է: Ուստի պատահական չէ, որ Տարածաշրջանային հետազոտությունների կենտրոնի և Կոնրադ Ադենաուեր հիմնադրամի կողմից կազմակերպված միջոցառում-քննարկումը, որի շրջանակներում մի շարք հայտնի վերլուծաբաններ և պառլամենտականներ ներկայացրին իրենց տեսակետները, նվիրված էր հենց այդ թեմային:
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In her analysis for the Institute for War and Peace reporting (IWPR) on September 13, Arpi Harutyunyan quoted RSC Director Richard Giragosian in assessing the decision by the Armenian president committing Armenia to join the Customs Union, thereby ending nearly four years of negotiations with the European Union over an Association Agreement for the country. Her article noted that “in Armenia, few analysts saw Customs Union membership as unambiguously good news. ‘This was a strategic mistake, an important opportunity that has been lost,’ Richard Giragosian, director of the Regional Studies Centre in Yerevan said. ‘A major foreign policy error has been committed that places the entire future of reforms in doubt.’ Giragosian believes that the door to the EU is now “closed but not locked.”
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RSC Director Richard Giragosian was a guest on September 12 on the Moscow-based English-language radio talk show hosted by Yekaterina Kudashkina for the “Voice of Russia” (Radio VR). The show, entitled “Why has Armenia Made a U-Turn?,” focused on the Armenian president’s September 3rd announcement that Armenia intends to join the Customs Union, rather than the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) agreement with the European Union (EU).