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The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), an academic institution established to promote scientific research methodology and encourage academic traditions in society, is committed to pursuing its mission with determination in formulating strategies and taking decisions. In this context, ECSSR has spared no effort, since its inception in March 1994, to support and develop scientific research in order to meet the needs and aspirations of the community.

In its coverage of various political, economic, social, informational, military and strategic issues pertinent to the United Arab Emirates in particular and the Arab Gulf states, the Arab region and the international community, ECSSR has many research achievements to its credit. With the objective of serving the local community efficiently, the Center has also achieved tangible success in recruiting and developing the skills of promising national groups in the field of research.

ECSSR conducts studies that serve current and future state policies. These studies are based on reliable information and accurate statistics that the databases unit of the Center continuously develops and updates, aided through specialized and diverse information sources. 
With the help of Allah, and thanks to the sound directives under which the Center has functioned, ECSSR has fulfilled many of its goals. In this respect, the Center has organized various activities that have transformed its aspirations and ambitions into real achievements, such as issuing Arabic and English publications. These publications, which have clearly attracted the attention of readers and interested parties, include both original and translated works covering various political, economic, social and informational fields.

Concurrently, ECSSR has organized scientific activities in the form of conferences, symposia, workshops and lectures  that have covered vital issues pertinent to the UAE and the Arab Gulf region in particular. In addition, ECSSR has undertaken the task of monitoring and analyzing developments in the local, regional and international arenas. This interest has been extended into publications based on strict monitoring and sound objective analysis which provide decision makers with additional insight. In 1996, the Center was the first to compile a comprehensive database on the United Arab Emirates and the ECSSR on the Internet.

The Center‎'s varied achievements and contributions could not have been realized without the honorable patronage of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the constant support and laudable interest of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

They have also spared no effort in supporting ECSSR, sponsoring its various activities and closely monitoring them with great interest, enriching the Center‎'s course with their sound directives, and promoting its activities and achievements. God willing, this support will help the Center to enhance its performance towards achieving excellence. 

Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi