The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary in 2014

NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwired – Dec 23, 2013) – The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) announced the 2014 celebration of its 20th anniversary year at a press conference in Abu Dhabi earlier this week. ECSSR was founded in 1994 by H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who is now the UAE President. Today, the ECSSR is a world-renowned research institute that focuses on security, economic and social issues affecting the UAE, the region and the globe.

Commenting on the news, Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi, Director-General of the ECSSR, said, “The ECSSR has been in a race against time to accomplish its achievements and to support national decision-making, serve the community in the UAE, GCC, the Arab region and around the world, and invest in the development of national human resources for scientific research. Such achievements bear witness to the excellence characterizing the past 20 years of the ECSSR.”

Since 1994, ECSSR has published 20,000 research and policy papers, organized 800 events, including conferences and symposiums, conducted 250 public polls and surveys, received hundreds of dignitaries and academics, and trained over 400 Emirati researchers.

The Center’s Annual Energy and Education Conferences have gained wide regional and international acclaim. Since its inception, the ECSSR’s events have attracted over a million participants and over five million people have read the Center’s written work.

Commenting on the Center’s contributions to the UAE, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the ECCSR’s President, said, “The UAE has reached its admirable status by relying on a clear strategy, a national work plan, and loyal citizens who take decisions and implement adopted strategies and plans in order to help their country achieve its objectives.”

The Center has contributed strategic analysis and raised public awareness on issues of global significance, while providing recommendations and guidance to UAE government officials on issues of national and regional stability and security. The ECSSR’s work is divided into five priority areas: the UAE, the Arabian Gulf, the Arab World, Asia and International.

During 2014, the Center will organize three lectures a month by high profile, global personalities and host cooperative events with its academic partners which include: Paris-Sorbonne University in Abu Dhabi; the German Marshall Fund; Centre for Islamic Studies, University of Oxford; University of Utah; University of Maine; Academy of National Economy, Government of the Russian Federation; China Institute of Contemporary International Relations; and the Netherlands Institute for International Relations among others.

In 2014, the ECSSR will announce a new research competition — the Zayed Award for Scientific Research. The Center plans to increase its research deliverables and expand its conferences series and educational partnerships in an effort to better facilitate continuous dialogue on today’s most pressing issues. It plans to double its intellectual output of books and periodicals, and to expand its academic network through further cooperation with the United Nations and its subsidiaries.

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Adam Friedman

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