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Rapid developments witnessed in diverse fields at the beginning of the third millennium pose great challenges for humanity. These challenges need to be met by adopting the necessary techniques to keep abreast of developments and by trying to comprehend and deal conscientiously with them.

As the United Arab Emirates
is not isolated from these developments, it has striven to adopt essential measures for keeping pace with the requirements of the age, including the establishment of a prominent scientific research institution, the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR). The Center has demonstrated in past years that it is one of the most dynamic and effective bodies in the United Arab Emirates in monitoring global events.

The Center is concerned with tracking, analyzing, and investigating local, regional, and international developments on a structured scientific and methodological basis that guides appropriate decision-making. This process is inspired by the sound directives and the exclusive, unstinted support given to ECSSR by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, borne of the need to earnestly enhance the intellectual skills of UAE citizens and help them develop their potential as progressive citizens of the modern world.

Through its many concrete achievements, ECSSR has proven its ability to surmount all challenges and obstacles, and has consequently become a well-established intellectual institution not only in the United Arab Emirates but also in the Gulf and the Arab world. Furthermore, ECSSR has acquired distinguished academic and research status at the international level.

Hence, there is a need to continue our support for the Center within the context of strengthening scientific and intellectual traditions that lay the foundation for building of modern societies that aspire to follow the path of accelerated development and progress.

Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan