Twenty-One Years of Service to the Leadership

  • 15 March 2015

The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) today celebrates the 21st anniversary of its establishment, commemorating a scientific and scholarly journey characterized by creativity and dedication in confronting all challenges. Throughout this journey of more than two decades, the Center has faced numerous scientific, intellectual and professional challenges. These include meeting the needs of the UAE’s sustainable development in the political, social, economic and security fields as well as making great progress in elevating its position both regionally and internationally amongst leading think-tanks and research centers worldwide.

The ECSSR is now one of the most renowned research centers in the world according to regional and international research and academic authorities. This is all due to God’s grace as well as the wise leadership of the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may God protect him), and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and President of the ECSSR, who personally supervises and supports the Center’s innovative contribution in all fields to achieve excellence in the national, Gulf, Arab and global contexts.

His Excellency Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi, Director General of the ECSSR, encapsulates the Center’s mission based on the ambition and vision of the wise leadership: “We learnt from the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God grant his soul eternal peace) and the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may God protect him), not to fear any challenges or hesitate in confronting them. In our dictionary, the word ‘impossible’ is nowhere to be found.”

Hence, the ECSSR has become one of the leading research centers in the world due to its advanced scientific research initiatives and publications – some of which have become key texts in renowned universities worldwide – and its training activities serving society, such as its educational and diplomatic qualification programs.

In recent years, and due to the increase in violent attacks on the region by terrorists and extremists associated with Islamist groups, the ECSSR has boldly confronted this malicious phenomenon by producing conferences, seminars, publications and periodicals which tackle terrorism and its networks. These activities have highlighted the dangers that exist to national security, stability and social harmony as well as the threats to the region, humanity as a whole and the world at large.

In keeping with its ethos of continuous development, and notwithstanding its current success, the ECSSR endeavors to remain at the forefront of development, striving for ever-greater achievements in its internal processes, publications and scholarly events, all in order to maintain its comprehensive support for the decision-making process and society for many years to come.