Regional Studies Center (RSC)
Since our founding as an independent think tank in 2012, the Regional Studies Center (RSC) has been conducting a wide range of strategic analysis and objective research, and implementing a number of educational and policy-related projects. As a leading think tank based in Armenia, the RSC conducts research and analysis and develops policy initiatives aimed at bolstering political and economic reform and conflict resolution in the broader South Caucasus region.
Moreover, as an independent think tank, the RSC is actively engaged in the public policy process and, over the longer term, seeks to serve as a catalyst for democratic reform and sustainable economic development through the empowerment of civil society and by contributing to the formulation of public policy through innovative and objective research, analysis and policy recommendations. Our research and project activities consist of five main program areas:
- Regional analyses and assessments of political, economic and security issues in the South Caucasus, but also including Iran, Russia and Turkey;
- National security and defense reform;
- Democratization and good governance;
- Economics and sustainable development;
- Educating and empowering youth as an “agent of change.”
Regional Studies Center (RSC)
60 Aram Street, #53, 3rd floor
0010 Yerevan, Armenia
Tel: (+374) 11 70 99 69
- Category: RSC Reading Room
Dr. Mathew Burrows and Prof. Alexander Dynkin
2 December 2015
“Global System on the Brink: Pathways toward a New Normal” is a joint study by the Atlantic Council's Strategic Foresight Initiative and the Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO). Work on this joint assessment of global trends began before the onset of the recent crisis in US-Russian relations, but is more relevant than ever today as we seek to avoid a greater conflict and achieve a new normal of cooperation between Russia and the West. In keeping with previous forecasting works published by the Atlantic Council and the IMEMO, the study examines current trends and potential scenarios for global developments over the next twenty years.
Despite the rapid globalization of the past few decades, which promised cooperation and integration, the potential for major state conflict is on the rise due to deep fragmentation within and between societies. The old confrontation between capitalism and communism has given way to conflicts of moral values with nationalist, religious, and historical-psychological overtones. The worst outcome would be the emergence of a new bipolarity, pitting a group of states centered around China and Russia against the United States and some European and Asian allies. However serious the current situation, the study emphasizes the opportunities for narrowing differences.
In an article for al Jazeera entitled, “Turkey-Russia: The inevitable clash of the titans,” RSC Director Richard Giragosian assesses the domestic context of the Russian-Turkish crisis, arguing that political dividends only deepen division and encourage escalation.
As an independent think tank in Armenia, the Regional Studies Center (RSC) was pleased to have been invited to offer an analytical review of the recently released “European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) Review.” On 26 November, the RSC submitted its analytical comments on the ENP review, with a specific focus on the opportunities for Armenia.
On Thursday, 26 November, the Regional Studies Center (RSC) held a special “Focus Group” on the current state of the international mediation of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, with an added assessment of the outlook for the peace process..
In the latest in our series of RSC Staff Papers, entitled, “Showdown in the Baltics? A Red Line for Russia-NATO Relations,” RSC Fellow Kathleen C. Weinberger assesses the Russian threat to the security of the three Baltic States: Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, with an added analysis of the implications for NATO, the EU and Russia in the event of a possible escalation of conflict.
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