Founded in mid-80’s and embedded within the University of Jordan, the Center for Strategic Studies (CSS) is highly experienced in empirical research within several fields ranging from socio-economic issues, to security, and international relations particularly concerning the MENA area but not limited to it. It has a long tradition in conducting a massive and huge amount of social surveys and has led trainings and worked with partners in other countries to improve their sample design, interviewer trainings, and fieldwork processes.
In 2018, 2017 and 2016 The Global Go to Think Tank Index Report, released annually by the Think Tank and Civil Societies Programme (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania, has ranked the CSS as 1st Think Tank in the Middle-Eastern and Northern Africa area (MENA) and, consequently, has been classified as Distinguished Think Tank Center of Excellence.
In addition, in 2019 the CSS has been classified 37th Top Foreign Policy and International Affairs Think Tanks and 54th best think tank in Top Defense and National Security research worldwide. Furthermore in 2019 the CSS has been ranked 131th among the top 150 top Think Tanks selected from respectively 8,248 centres worldwide (Non-US).
On the 24th May 2018 the Center for Strategic Studies (CSS) has been honoured by His Majesty King Abdullah with the Order of Independence of the First Class for the institution’s role in conducting studies and research papers of strategic dimensions.
The CSS actively engages in policy-oriented research at different levels and cooperates with several European and Arab institutions, universities, public bodies, think thanks within the Mediterranean Area.

Institute Website (EN):


Prof. Zaid Eyadat:

Mail: z.eyadat @
Phone: +962 6 5300100

Dr. Francesca Ruisi:

Mail: fruisi @
Phone: +962 6 5300100, +962 6 5355515

Prof. Walid Abu-Dalbouh:

Mail: w.abudalbouh @