The Emirates Center For Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) was established on March 14, 1994, during the tenure of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God rest his soul in peace), under a decree issued by H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates (may God protect him), who at that time was the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. The ECSSR’s inceptionwas in line with the vision of the UAE’swise leadership to consolidate the foundations of a modern state with institutions that can keep up with research and scholarlyactivities around the world. The ECSSR, under the guidance of H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces (may God protect him), has become an independentinstitution focusing on scientific research as well as on political, economic, social and cultural studies pertinent to the UAE, the Arabian Gulf region and the world.

Vision: To keep up with the UAE’s ambitious development visions, support public policies anddelivera society of the futurein light of accelerating technological developments.


The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research aims to achieve a number of goals including:

  • Investigating political, economic, social, cultural, information, military, environmental and health developments, at the local, regional and global levels, which may have implications for the policies and interests of the UAE and the Arabian Gulf region asitgains increasing strategic importance
  • Conducting research and strategic studies on national security, as well as social and economic welfare issues in the UAE and the Arabian Gulf region
  • Supporting decision-makers by preparing studies and reports on the best relevant political alternatives,providing research and recommendations to decision-makers
  • Developing community service programs, through holding scholarly and cultural events, including symposia, conferences, specialized workshops, seminars and public lectures focusing on topics pertinent to the ECSSR’s mission and research interests
  • Qualifying and developing local cadres through specialized training programs and projects
  • Preparing periodical reports addressing current and emerging issues, such as extremism, terrorism and artificial intelligence
  • Giving due attention to renewable energy issues, to find ways to develop alternative energy sources locally and to exploreopportunities for development abroad
  • Preparing studies aimedat reinforcing social values, including toleranceand coexistence locally and globally
  • Developing future studies, based on current realities, to choose the best alternatives to address challenges and issues before they occur

Describing the Work of the ECSSR:

  • We provide insights to decision-makers using a sound scholarly method
  • We serve the community and raise public awareness through modern means
  • We develop policies and elaborate strategies to best serve sustainable development goals
  • We critically investigate the present in order to deliver a bright future in line withthe vision of our modern leadership