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 Luglio 2014
UKRAINIAN WEEKLY NEWSPAPER CITES RSC SENIOR ANALYST ON OUTLOOK FOR EURASIAN UNION18 Luglio 2014
RSC SENIOR ANALYST ASSESSES IMPACT OF DOWNING OF CIVILIAN AIRLINER OVER UKRAINE18 Luglio 2014
Il Centro Studi Regionali (RSC) è una “think tank” indipendente e no-profit, che offre un’ampia gamma di analisi strategiche e ricerche obiettive e che segue vari progetti nell’ambito dell’educazione e della politica.
In qualità di think tank di spicco in Armenia, l’RSC svolge attività di ricerca ed analisi e sviluppa iniziative politiche volte a sostenere riforme politiche ed economiche e la risoluzione dei conflitti nella più ampia regione del Caucaso meridionale. L’RSC s’impegna ad elevare il dibattito politico e ad approfondire l’attivismo civico ampliando al contempo la partecipazione nel processo delle politiche pubbliche. In questo modo, gli esperti dell’RSC con vari attori e decisori politici, compresa la società civile, le organizzazioni internazionali, il settore privato, le istituzioni accademiche e statali.
Come gruppo di esperti indipendente, l’RSC fornisce una vasta gamma di analisi strategiche e ricerche obiettive concentrate su cinque aree programmatiche principali:
(1) Analisi regionali sul Caucaso, compresi anche Iran, Russia e Turchia;
(2) Sicurezza Nazionale e Difesa;
(3) Economia e Governance;
(5) Politiche Pubbliche.
Uno dei principali obiettivi a lungo termine dell’RSC è servire da catalizzatore per le riforme e lo sviluppo sostenibile, contribuendo alla formulazione delle politiche pubbliche attraverso ricerche ed analisi strategiche innovative ed obiettive.
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As the latest in our regular series of analysis for Radio free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Armenian Service, Regional Studies Center (RSC) Director Richard Giragosian commented on 21 July on the negative impact on Russia from the tragic downing of a civilian airliner over Ukraine. Giragosian noted that while it is now “increasingly evident that the downing of the Malayasian aircraft was committed by pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine, who mistakenly targeted the aircraft as a Ukrainian military plane, the complicity of Russian President Vladimir Putin in terms of his decision to finance, arm, train and even encourage his pro-Moscow separatist proxy force has led to three distinct developments.”
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In an interview with the Ukrainian weekly “Mirror of the Week” newspaper published on 18 July, RSC Senior Analyst David Shahnazaryan was cited for his critical analysis of the outlook for the Russian-led Eurasian Union project. According to Shahnazaryan, it is now increasingly unlikely that Armenia may join the Customs Union/ Eurasian Economic Union in the current year. Further, he argued that actually “it is very likely that Armenia will return to the Association Agreement with the EU.”
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In an interview with the Armenian “1in.am” electronic news agency, RSC Senior Analyst David Shahnazaryan offered extensive analysis assessing the impact of the tragic downing of a civilian Malayasian Airlines Being 777 over Ukraine. According to Shahnazaryan, the civilian aircraft was most likely downed by pro-Russian militia units in Donetsk in the eastern part of Ukraine, probably using the Russian “Buk” anti-aircraft missile system.
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In a two-part interview published on 16 and 17 July by the Armenian daily newspaper “Aravot,” RSC Project Director Haykak Arshamyan offered his analysis of developments in Armenian foreign policy, with a focus on the new security environment in the wake of Russian aggression against Ukraine, and also assessed the current state of domestic politics.
According to Dr. Arshamyan, the resilience of Armenian civil society has changed the internal political dynamic of the country, to the point where the Armenian government has become unable to effectively limit or silence civic activism. He further noted the demise of the Armenian government’s stated ambition to join the Russian-driven Eurasian Union project, and stressed that the future of Armenian relations with the European Union (EU) remains promising, despite the setbacks form the Armenian president’s blunder to sacrifice the Association Agreement with the EU.
www.aravot.am/2014/07/16/479964/ (first part)
www.aravot.am/2014/07/17/480280/ (second part)
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At the invitation of the Georgian government, RSC Senior Analyst David Shahnazaryan attended a two-day international conference in Batumi, Georgia from 10-11 July and delivered a presentation on regional security and public diplomacy. The conference, entitled “Georgia’s European Way,” was opened by the Georgian Prime Minister and Foreign Minister and brought together a number of senior officials and representatives from civil society, as well as leading analysts to “discuss issues related to the implementation of the Association Agreement, including the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), and the EU-Georgia cooperation agenda ahead of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) 2015 Riga Summit.”