Twenty Years of Distinction

  • 13 December 2014

On Thursday, the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) celebrated its 20th Anniversary. The Center recollected its journey since its inception in 1994 and the successes it has achieved in areas such as research, community service and training, etc. The ECSSR also expressed gratitude for the gracious patronage, unstinted support and constant encouragement of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and President of the ECSSR. All these developments have unfolded in a country that has deep faith in the value of knowledge and its role in the awakening, progress and advancement of nations.

On this occasion, His Excellency Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi, Director General of the ECSSR, renewed a pledge to the UAE’s wise leadership that progress, development and stability of the United Arab Emirates will be the driving force for the ECSSR and its efforts in the years to come. His Excellency said that the Center will work sincerely to further its achievements because “becoming content with what we have achieved – no matter how great that may be – only means falling behind in a world witnessing rapid developments.” “This is a competition that no one can withstand except those with creative vision, innovative ideas and high spirit,” he said.

What the ECSSR has achieved in a short period of time confirms the validity of its approach and clarity of the vision that has earned it a distinguished place among Arab and international research centers, even those that preceded it. The ECSSR has become a scholarly Emirati and Arab institution that is appreciated and respected globally by prominent writers, intellectuals, professionals and politicians from different countries who are keen to visit and deliver talks at its conferences, symposia and lectures. Its publications, which exceed 1,000 editions in Arabic and English, are in high demand from researchers, students and decision-makers. These publications have become essential references as they adopt a scientific approach based on credibility and trust.

The Center has played an important role in community development by laying emphasis on issues of concern to the UAE and Arab world, by providing training to national cadres and cooperating with various institutions in the country and abroad. It has shown readiness to provide administrative, technical and research assistance to institutions to fulfill common objectives and strengthen the role of research centers and think-tanks in formulating public policy in a world full of complexities. Such a challenge requires research centers to play an important role. The aspirations of our wise leaders and its relentless efforts to maintain leading development position have been a source of inspiration for the ECSSR and will continue to motivate it to achieve greater progress in the years to come.