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Who We Are

The Egyptian Center for Strategic Studies is an Egyptian non-profit center established in 2018. It comprises a group of experts and researchers from different generations and scientific disciplines.

Our Mission

In a world where ambiguity and uncertainty are increasing, and the boundaries between political, security, economic, and social phenomena are declining, and when it is difficult to distinguish between the domestic and foreign, and in light of the geo-strategic and geo-economic shifts in the Middle East, the need increases for an Egyptian think tank, based on the rules of scientific thinking, with the aim of presenting an Egyptian vision for regional and international transformations, offering different scenarios for these changes, a deeper understanding of the nature of national security threats, and putting different visions and policies before decision-makers. The center also aims at gathering scientific groups specialized in various fields of scientific research, and contributing to the rationalization of the public debate on the transformations taking place in Egypt, the Middle East region and the global system, through the dissemination of knowledge and rules of scientific thinking.

A Word From ECSS

The rapid and violent turns and twists the Middle East has witnesses since the so-called Arab Spring, associated with the rise of new and existing threats, forced the need to establish an independent think tank, the main target of which is to present a deeper understanding of regional and international shifts and their repercussions on Egypt’s national interests, particularly in the absence of borderlines separating foreign transformations from domestic policies. The presence of research centers and think tanks is common in developed countries (in the West and Asia), and estimated at hundreds in some countries. Many of these centers have contributed to the policymaking, developmental, and foreign policies of many states. Egypt had remained far from this phenomenon until 2014 when deep economic and developmental reform policies were launched, and domestic repercussions and regional challenges appeared. This is when it became crucial to establish an independent think tank. Establishing such a center was not a simple task, especially if the goal is to contribute to expanding the options available to decision-makers, along with enriching public debate in Egypt, networking between scientific groups with different disciplines, and spreading the rules of scientific thinking. This mission would not have been successful or credible without adhering to the rules of scientific work, openness to all ideas and visions, being based on team spirit and networking between different disciplines and knowledge branches. These factors were confirmed through the work experience of the center in its first year. The success achieved by the center during the first year of its establishment imposes more challenges and responsibilities to complete the mission.