The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) represents a remarkable success story. It was established in 1994, as the first research institution of its kind in the UAE, under the limitless sponsorship and support of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces (may God protect him). This allowed the ECSSR to stride confidently along the pathway to success.

Since it first opened its doors, the Center has maintained a system of robustperformance, which, after its first few years, contributed topositioningit at the forefront of Arab and international research centers and think tanks. The challenge was not an easy one, since no other similar institution in the country existedto draw experience from, therefore, the Center set out on its own path establishing its academic and research traditions that inevitably became an inspiring model for similar institutions in the UAE and the Arab world.

The goals of the Center werewell definedin terms of serving decision-makers in the country, disseminating a culture of serious academic research and serving the community by organizing academic activities and events. Over the course of the years, the Center has attained great quantitative and qualitative achievements; and thanks to its innate sense of exploration, has tackled manychallenges facing the Arab World. There is hardly an issue the Center has not contributed to in terms of analyses, leavingits recognizable intellectual imprint in the process.

The Centerstill continues its successful work with the very determination, keenness and readiness with which it started, and to which it has always been committed. Sustaining success is the real challenge, through innovation and initiatives, setting ambitious goals and assessing performance to develop the vital foundations on which the Center ensuresits prestigious status. The ECSSRcontinues to convey its national message with the utmost dedication and sincerity.

May God preserve the UAE and keep its glorious and proud banner high.