Adam Dempsey

Adam Dempsey is an advisor at Gulf State Analytics. Based in Switzerland, he was previously head of editorial content for ETH Zurich’s International Relations and Security Network (ISN) and a research coordinator at the UK Defence Forum. Dempsey’s research focuses on defense-industrial issues, particularly procurement initiatives. He has previously written for Defence Viewpoints, Defence and Security Systems International, and Defense Industry Daily.

What Can the Gulf States Learn from the Belarus Crisis?

September 07, 2020

It might come as a surprise that the Gulf states have more than a passing interest in events in Belarus. Beyond growing economic ties, the political drama provides valuable lessons for the region’s monarchies and their efforts to maintain standards of living for their citizens without compromising power and influence....

Why the UAE Wants Somalia in the Yemen Conflict

August 17, 2020

In late June, the United Arab Emirates asked Somalia to enter the conflict in Yemen in return for financial incentives and the reopening of a medical facility. Somalia’s instant rejection partially resulted from the strained Mogadishu-Abu Dhabi relationship. Why did the UAE initially make the offer? The answer has more...

Cocaine Comes to the Gulf

July 14, 2017

Oil-rich and expat-heavy states of the Gulf Cooperation Council have become a major hub and endpoint in cocaine’s eastward expansion. It seems the world is falling back in love with cocaine. According to the United Nations’ latest World Drug Report, total production in 2015 stood at 1,125 tons, a return...

MENA’s Fake Pharma Conundrum

June 21, 2017

The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 35% of the pharmaceutical market in the Middle East could be illicit. Not so long ago, Médecins Sans Frontières made a shocking discovery in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Hundreds of patients had unwittingly taken Haloperidol instead of Diazepam to treat malaria-induced seizures,...