RSC Expert School

Are you interested in a challenge? Does learning and developing new skills interest you? Then join us for an interesting and innovative new opportunity:

The Regional Studies Center (RSC) is offering a weekly certificate-based professional training course for students and young professionals. The weekly sessions are held on every Tuesday evening, from 19:00-21:00. 

Known as the “RSC Expert School,” the program seeks to provide a unique educational opportunity in Armenia by offering a series of modern, innovative and interactive workshops, exercises and lectures. 

The next session opens on Tuesday, 1 November, and will run through 20 December, culminating in a certificate award ceremony for completion of the course. 

Following a lengthy external research project for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Hurford Foundation, RSC Analyst Mikayel Zolyan assessed the differing positions on Nagorno-Karabakh of the West and Russia. The publication, entitled, “Preventing Escalation in the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: Threats to Euro-Atlantic Security and Opportunities for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation,” was a result of a series of interviews with key analysts and officials in Moscow, Berlin, Brussels and Washington. This external research project was also part of Dr. Zolyan’s participation in the Hurford “Next Generation” Fellowship Program, which is administered by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, in support of the EuroAtlantic.

In the second installment of a two-part interview with the “” eletronic news agency, RSC Director Richard Giragosian reviewed recent foreign policy challenges facing Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh, inlcuding a focus on Armenia’s security ties with Russia and the CSTO, and the current state of the Karabakh peace process. The interview, conducted by Aram Sargsyan, was in English but dubbed into Armenian.

In the first of a two-part interview with the “” eletronic news agency, RSC Director Richard Giragosian offered an assessment of recent developments in Armenian domestic politics, including several key local elections and the appointment of a new cabinet led by recently installed Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan. The interview, conducted on 11 October by Aram Sargsyan, was in English but dubbed into Armenian. The second part of the interview, to be aired later, focused on regional developments and Armenian foreign policy issues.


RSC Senor Analyst David Shahnazaryan and RSC Director Richard Giragosian participated in a seminar on Armenia-Turkey “normalization” organized by the Civic Consent NGO on 8 October. Shahnazaryan’s presentation focused on the broader geopolitical context of Armenia-Turkey, while Giragosian’s presentation, entitled “Armenia-Turkey normalization: Looking back, leaning forward,” assessed the key issues of defining the normalization process, defending the process of engagement and devising a strategy for re-engagement between Armenia and Turkey (Giragosian’s presentation notes are attached).