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 OFFICIALS27 فروردين 1393
RSC BRIEFS VISITING DELEGATION FROM FRENCH MINISTRY OF DEFENSE26 فروردين 1393
RSC ANALYSIS FOR RFE/RL’s AZERBAIJANI SERVICE26 فروردين 1393
مرکز مطالعات منطقه ای (RSC) یک گروه غیر انتفاعی و مستقل است که طیف گسترده ای از تحلیل های استراتژیک و پژوهش های هدفمند را عرضه کرده و همچنین اجرای تعدادی از پروژه های آموزشی و سیاسی را بر عهده دارد .
RSC به عنوان یک گروه تحقیقاتی برجسته در ارمنستان، انجام تحقیق و پژوهش و توسعه روش های جدید با هدف تقویت اصلاحات اقتصادی و سیاسی و ایجاد راهکردهایی برای حل بحران در منطقه قفقاز جنوبی و اطراف ان را بر عهده دارد.
RSC در تلاش برای بالا بردن سطح سیاسی و پررنگ کردن فعالیت های شهری در عین حال گسترده تر کردن شراکت در روند سیاستهای عمومی است. بدین ترتیب، RSC دارای شرکایی از قبیل فعالان و صاحب نظران مختلفی میباشد که شامل جامعه شهری، سازمان های بین المللی، بخش خصوصی، مراکز آموزشی و موسسات دولتی است.
RSC به عنوان یک گروه تحقیقاتی مستقل، طیف گسترده ای از تحلیل های استراتژیکی و پژوهش های هدفمند را با توجه به پنج بخش اصلی انجام میدهد:
۱- تحلیل منطقه ای قفقاز با در نظر گرفتن ایران، روسیه و ترکیه،
۲- امنیت ملی و مسایل دفاعی،
۳- مسائل اقتصادی و حکومتی،
۵- سیاست های عمومی.
یکی از اهداف اصلی طولانی مدت مرکز مطالعات منطقه ای RSC این است که با کمک به تنظیم سیاست عمومی از طریق تحلیل و پژوهش استراتژیکی هدفمند و نوآورانه به عنوان محرکی برای اصلاح توسعه پایدارعمل کند.
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The RSC staff briefed a visiting delegation from the Swiss OSCE Chairmanship on April 16. RSC Director Richard Giragosian and Resident Fellow Linn Nettelvik from the Swedish Defense College offered an analysis of the Nagorno Karabakh mediation effort, centering on the military balance of power and an objective assessment of the OSCE peace process. The RSC also offered several concrete proposals related to confidence-building measures and ideas for a de-escalation of tension and ceasefire violations. The Swiss delegation was led by Ambassador Angelo Gnädinger, the OSCE Special Representative for the South Caucasus, and included Christian Disler, Political Advisor at the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the OSCE, and Martin Schuster, Policy Support Officer at the OSCE Conflict Prevention Centre (CPC) in Vienna. Swiss Ambassador to Armenia, Lukas Gasser, also accompanied the delegation and attended the briefing.
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On 15 April, the RSC staff provided a detailed briefing on military security and Armenian defense reform to a visiting delegation from the French Ministry of Defense. RSC Director Richard Giragosian and Resident Fellow Linn Nettelvik from the Swedish Defense College provided an assessment of the situation in Nagorno Karabakh, and reviewed Armenia’s commitment to modern defense reform and noted Armenia’s contribution to regional and international security. The French Defense Ministry officials were in Yerevan to hold a series of meetings with their counterparts from the Armenian Ministry of Defense and to participate in the working session of the Franco-Armenian Defense Committee.
The delegation included Lieutenant Colonel Andree Evrard, the Defence Attache of France to Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, Captain Alexis Willer, the Head of the French Joint Staff International Military Cooperation with Europe and the CIS Region, and Major Sebastian Jacot, a representative of the French Joint Staff. Visiting analyst Hrant Kostanyan from the Centre for European Studies (CEPS) also attended the briefing at the RSC office.
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In an exclusive analysis for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Azerbaijani Service (Radio Azadlyg), RSC Director Richard Giragosian assessed the implications for Armenian foreign policy from the next Armenian government.
Entitled, “The Next Armenian Government: The Outlook for Nagorno Karabakh,” Giragosian noted that “as the new (Armenian) government is widely expected to focus more on domestic economic issues than on foreign policy options, and as the ministers of defense and foreign affairs are most likely to return to their previous posts, there is little indication of any real or sudden shift in policy,” adding that “for the more fundamental elements of Armenian foreign policy, the twin pillars of Nagorno Karabakh and Turkey remain largely unchanged.”
He further noted, however, that while “there are few signs of any real change,” as “Armenia’s strategic partnership with Russia remains unchallenged, the real danger for Armenia now is from a deepening of dependence on Russia. And this danger is only exacerbated by Armenia’s vulnerability from being hostage to Russian policies elsewhere, such as its aggression against Ukraine, for the most prominent example. In this way, Armenia is in danger of becoming a “captive nation” isolated on the “wrong side of history” and imprisoned behind what seem to be Russian President Putin’s desire to reconstruct a new “iron curtain.”
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In the fourth in a series of RSC commentaries regularly published on the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Armenian Service website blog, RSC Director Richard Giragosian presented a unique analysis of Armenian politics entitled, “Armenia’s Game of Thrones.”
Armenian-language version: www.azatutyun.am/content/blog/25335116.html
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In an extended, two-part interview with the “168 Zham” newspaper, Richard Giragosian, the director of the Regional Studies Center (RSC), expressed disappointment with the recently released set of proposed changes to the Armenian constitution. Giragosian described the move as “a lost opportunity in democracy-building efforts” and added that he did not think that “the proposed reforms would ensure the separation of powers and accountability mechanisms.”
Giragosian further pointed out several serious deficiencies and discrepancies, including the failure to address the presidential authority to appoint regional governors and most judges, which he defined as “a lost opportunity in terms of ensuring proper checks and balances between government bodies.” Commenting on the proposal for adopting a parliamentary form of government, he added that he “did not think such a move would have a positive impact on the country’s democracy in light of the inadequacy of the parliament as an institution and its failure to curb the excesses of the incestuous relationship between business and politics.”