Support for Decision-Making and Community Service
- 23 December 2013
Research centers and think-tanks play a number of roles. Most importantly, they provide support to decision-makers by producing strategic studies and future projections, along with conducting community service and providing constructive response to public needs. These two roles are benchmarks for assessing the effectiveness of a research center or think-tank for development at the local level and for humanity at large.
This was highlighted by the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Watan in its coverage onSaturday of the press conference which was organized by the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, for announcing upcoming events to commemorate the ECSSR’s 20th anniversary. In his speech at the press conference, Director General of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research His Excellency Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi noted that the ECSSR was racing against time to achieve its goals of supporting the decision-making process and community service, not only in the UAE but also at the level of the Gulf, Arab regions and the world at large, by investing in domestic human resources, development and rehabilitation for scientific research.
Since the time of its establishment on 14 March 1994, the ECSSR established its goal to support the decision-making process in the UAE, which explains their focus on future-oriented studies and thorough research, multi-lingual academic references, creation of sophisticated database by the UAE Federation Library of the ECSSR — a pioneering one in the Middle East — and provision for round-the-clock follow up on political, economic and security-related developments at the regional and global levels.
With a firm belief in playing a leading role in community service, the ECSSR has become a model institution for offering expertise on community service to many organizations in the UAE and the world. The ECSSR takes keen interest in developing local researchers, in generating research papers, in organizing symposia and conferences as platforms to discuss issues related to the UAE’s development and progress, in maintaining continuous cooperation with local institutions to boost UAE’s development plans, and is ready to provide expertise and support to whatever institution devoted to a more stable and prosperous UAE.
The ECSSR has transformed not only as one of the UAE’s premier academic institutions but has become an intellectual beacon at the Gulf, Arab and international levels. Supported by the country’s wise leadership and equipped with a deep understanding of the role and work-related standards, the ECSSR has gained global credibility and trust, which explains the reason for the Center’s publications and strategic estimates to be of immense interest for the academic, political and decision-making institutions worldwide.