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Inaugural Conference on Democratic Security in Armenia

The Regional Center for Democracy and Security (RCDS) hosted its first-ever Democratic Security in Armenia conference on December 14. The conference featured three dynamic panels, each exploring critical aspects of Armenia's democratic and security landscape.
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Stephanie Thain Joins the RCDS Team as intern

Barev! I am Stephanie Thain, the most recent addition to the  RCDS team, from London. My time in Armenia has been a remarkable experience for me thus far, and despite being only ten days into my journey, I am already contemplating extending my stay. Having recently completed my Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology at the University of Bristol, I am eager to apply my research skills in this unique environment. I am currently enrolled in the Birthright program and have completed an intensive language course where I was able to improve my rudimentary knowledge of Western Armenian and build on my conversational abilities which I hope to use in my new role here. 
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Joint Statement by a Group of Armenian Civil Society Organizations on the Press Statement by Charles Michel

The undersigned civil society organizations in Armenia express their alarm over the press statement of July 15 made by Charles Michel, President of the European Council, following the latest trilateral meeting with Prime Minister Pashinyan and President Aliyev. Specifically, we are concerned that the announcement equates the Lachin Corridor and Aghdam as options to address the current humanitarian crisis.
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Working Dinner with Matthias Lüttenberg

The head of the Regional Center for Democracy and Security Tigran Grigoryan had a working dinner yesterday with Matthias Lüttenberg, Director for Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia of the German MFA. The deepening humanitarian crisis in Nagorno-Karabakh and the ongoing peace talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan were discussed during the meeting.
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Meeting with ''Shell'' Vice President Joanna Kunsberg at the RCDS Office

On June 30, Joyanna Kunsberg, Vice President of the ''Shell'' company, and Anatoly Leontiev, Regional Senior Advisor, visited the Regional Center for Democracy and Security. Issues related to regional security were discussed during the meeting.
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Working Breakfast with Bundestag Member Ms. Merle Spellerberg

On June 26, Tigran Grigoryan, the Head of the Regional Center for Democracy and Security, had a working breakfast with Ms. Merle Spellerberg, a member of the German Bundestag, member of the committees on foreign affairs and defense, rapporteur for the South Caucasus of the green parliamentary group. During their meeting, they discussed various aspects of the Armenia-Azerbaijan peace process, the humanitarian situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, and issues related to Armenia’s foreign policy.
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The Visit of the Finnish Ambassador to the RCDS Office

On May 24, the Regional Center for Democracy and Security hosted Ms. Kirsti Narinen, the roving Ambassador of Finland to the South Caucasus, along with Tanya Taminen and Dimitri Saramonov from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. They discussed the internal situation in Nagorno-Karabakh and several regional issues with the guests. Furthermore, they discussed the role of the EU in initiatives that contribute to the establishment of trust and stability in the Armenian-Azerbaijani context.
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The visit of the Swedish ambassador to the RCDS office

 The ambassador of Sweden to Armenia, Patrick Svensson, visited the office of the RCDS on May 11th. Ambassador Svensson and the head of the RCDS, Tigran Grigoryan, discussed the recent developments in the region and exchanged views on other pressing issues. Mr. Grigoryan stressed the importance of EU engagement in the Armenia-Azerbaijan peace process and talked about the need for the creation of viable international security mechanisms in Nagorno-Karabakh.
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The visit of the RCDS president Tigran Grigoryan to Brussels

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Yerevan and Brussels offices jointly organized an expert visit to the EU institutions from 5th June to 8th June 2023. This visit served as a platform for fruitful engagement, encompassing meetings and the exchange of ideas with members of the European Parliament, the European External Action Service, the Office of the Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the Crisis in Georgia, the Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, and the Directorate-General for Energy, among others.

Latest Publications

Armenian media should build trust, not sacrifice it for more clicks

Armenian media should build trust, not sacrifice it for more clicks

The media is the least trusted institution among the Armenian public. According to the results of the CRRC’s Caucasus Barometer survey, in 2022, 73% of respondents said they do not trust the media. Another survey conducted by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation among youth in Armenia in 2022 again indicated low trust in the media. Only 12% of respondents said they “fully” or “rather” trusted the media. Among young people, the media came in as the second-least trusted, only after political parties.
RCDS insights: baku pushes for a new armenian constitution

RCDS insights: baku pushes for a new armenian constitution

On January 18, Nikol Pashinyan called for a new constitution for Armenia, citing the need to enhance the country’s viability amidst changing geopolitical dynamics, emphasizing that he is not talking about a change in governance.
Exploring the Impact on International Law Amid Nagorno-Karabakh Ethnic Cleansing, with Sheila Paylan

Exploring the Impact on International Law Amid Nagorno-Karabakh Ethnic Cleansing, with Sheila Paylan

In this episode of the DemSecurity Podcast, Tigran Grigoryan, head of the RCDS, hosted international Human Rights lawyer Sheila Paylan. Together, they delved into various aspects of the relationship between international law and the events unfolding in Nagorno-Karabakh.  They started by questioning the effectiveness of the rules-based order in preventing, regulating, and responding to such situations. Additionally, they highlighted how these norms could be manipulated to serve the specific interests of states, and how the nature of political regimes could influence the use they make of it. Finally, Sheila Paylan explained the human-rights approach to international law that she strongly advocates.
RCDS Insights - Armenia’s Efforts to Maintain Control Over Transport Routes

RCDS Insights - Armenia’s Efforts to Maintain Control Over Transport Routes

On October 26, Armenian PM Nikol Pashinyan visited Tbilisi to present Yerevan’s vision for regional transport links, named “Crossroads of Peace”. The opening of regional transport links, blocked for more than three decades, is seen as necessary for ensuring regional stability. Additionally, Pasninyan announced the establishment of a special unit within the National Security Service (NSS) tasked with ensuring security for international cargo and passengers within Armenia’s borders.
New Paradigm of Civil-Military Relations Dissected: Defense Reform Problematic

New Paradigm of Civil-Military Relations Dissected: Defense Reform Problematic