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 BRIEFING FOR SWISS OSCE OFFICIALS16 April 2014
RSC BRIEFS VISITING DELEGATION FROM FRENCH MINISTRY OF DEFENSE15 April 2014
RSC ANALYSIS FOR RFE/RL’s AZERBAIJANI SERVICE15 April 2014
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In an interview for the Tbilisi-based “Investor.ge” publication, RSC Director Richard Giragosian assessed the “potential impact of the Ukrainian crisis onArmenia’s decision to follow Russia into its Customs Union instead of signing an Association Agreement with the European Union.”
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In an interview with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Armenian Service on April 9, RSC Director Richard Giragosian assessed the deepening of Russian-Azerbaijani military cooperation and the recent trend of a steady increase in the quantity and quality of Russian arms sales to Baku. The interview was timed with the visit to Baku by Russian General Valery Gerasimov, the chief of the Russian army’s General Staff, and reports of a new pending arms deal between the two countries.
Giragosian noted that “Moscow has been consistently seeking to improve its relations with Baku and has emerged as the number one arms provider to Azerbaijan, as well as to Armenia.” He also stressed that “Armenia should be concerned with this trend, especially as Azerbaijani has been increasing its procurement of much more modern offensive weapons systems in recent years.”
More specifically, the level of Russian arms surged in recent years, with deliveries of nearly $1 billion worth of offensive weaponry, including about 100 tanks, to Azerbaijan in accordance with defense contracts signed in 2010-2011. Azerbaijani President Ilham President Ilham Aliyev said in August 2013 that “the volume of military-technical cooperation between Russia and Azerbaijan is measured at $4 billion and it tends to grow further.” Russia has previously supplied Azerbaijan with state-of-the-art S-300 air-defense systems worth hundreds of millions of dollars and agreed in 2010 to sell 24 Mi-35 combat helicopters for a combined $360 million.
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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.