Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies was established in 1968 as an independent research unit functioning within the framework of Al-Ahram Foundation.
The Center has evolved over time, with reforms in 1972 that broadened its research scope beyond Zionism and Israeli society to incorporate the international and strategic issues, with a special focus on developmental issues and interactive trends between Arab countries and the international system, the regional framework surrounding them, and amongst one another.
The Center devotes a large part of its activities to studying the Egyptian society from its various political, economic, military and social viewpoints. The center maintains complete independence in directing its research activities, and is keen on adhering to a philosophy of criticism; and it aims to advance an intellectual, investigative vision for the issues at hand. It also provides for the freedom of speech of its scholars and researchers in accordance with the guidelines of objectivity and scientific research. The programs of the center are the result of collective efforts built on a framework of democratic scientific research planning.