Statement by H.E. Prof. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi,
Director General of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research
The establishment of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) in March1994 is a manifestation of the UAE leadership’svision, emphasizing the importance of science and knowledge asfundamental foundations of state-building and sound future planning. This vision was espoused in thewords and deeds of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God rest his soul in peace), and has been embraced by the UAE’s wise leadership represented by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE (may God protect him); His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai (may God protect him); and 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), who have instilled it as an approach to ruling and governance.
Since itsestablishment, the ECSSR has focusedon defining a set of strict scientific standards and norms to ensure the achievement of its goals in scientific research, supportingdecision-makers and providing a service to the community. This has allowed the Center toactively contribute to the UAE’s comprehensive development and renaissance. The ECSSR has adopted an operational methodology characterized by serious commitment, objectivity and meticulous accuracy, as it follows a comprehensive and scientific approach in preparing all its publications, reports and research.
This approach has allowed the ECSSR to consolidate its scientific and research-based credibility regionally and globally, allowing its successful and unique experience to serve as a model for many other think tanks. This has been achieved thanks to the relentless support of the UAE’s leadership and the astute guidance 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), whose presidency of the Center has had an immense impact on its success and excellence in its areas of interest.