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Orient Research Center - DC

Strategic Insight Navigate Risks and Seize Opportunities in the GCC

 Leveraging our Unique positioning in US-GCC Geopolitical Complexities We bring Trusted Value to others ur Partners

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To leverage deep knowledge and understanding of the geopolitical dynamics within the GCC region to provide clients with foresight and strategies to navigate political risks and capitalize on emerging geopolitical trends.


Offering comprehensive assessments of economic and business environments in the GCC, enabling clients to understand market conditions, regulatory landscapes, and potential economic disruptions that could impact strategic outcomes.



Providing tailored strategic guidance and actionable intelligence that empower clients to make informed decisions, mitigate risks, and explore new opportunities with confidence.


Utilizing ORC-DC's strategic position in Washington DC to bridge East and West, offering a unique blend of international policy insights and local GCC market intelligence to inform and enhance global strategies.




Our vision at Orient Research Center - DC is to establish ourselves as uniquely positioned leaders in geostrategic assessment, delivering comprehensive insights and advice to our clients. Focusing on the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the broader Middle East, we aim to offer unmatched analysis and strategic guidance within these complex geopolitical realms. Our expertise is centered on clarifying the intricate balance of risks and opportunities, empowering our clients with the knowledge and confidence to navigate and succeed. We are dedicated to transforming geopolitical challenges into platforms for stability, growth, and progress

About US

Founded in January 2016 in Washington, DC, Orient Research Center - DC (ORC-DC) has transitioned from a media consultancy to a leader in geostrategic assessment, focusing on the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the broader Middle East. Our expertise lies in unraveling the complex geopolitical dynamics of these regions, providing insightful analysis and strategic guidance.

Our evolution reflects the unique backgrounds of our founders, distinguished figures in geopolitics, steering our expertise towards actionable intelligence and tailored advice for understanding and engaging with the Middle East. At ORC-DC, we pride ourselves on transforming intricate geopolitical challenges into clear, manageable insights for our clients.
Remaining true to our core mission, we continue to bridge East and West, offering in-depth understanding and fostering stability and progress in one of the world's most dynamic regions.



In Orient Research Center - DC we set ourselves apart with a profound understanding of the Middle East region's geopolitical landscape. Our key differentiators are:

  • Specialized Geopolitical Knowledge: Deep expertise in the Middle East complex geopolitical environment.

  • Strategic Risk Management: Proficiency in identifying and mitigating risks for stable and progressive operations.

  • Tailored Client Strategies: Customized guidance to navigate the region's dynamics, ensuring sustainable success.


Our approach is focused on not just navigating current challenges but also paving the way for future opportunities in this strategically critical region



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Kate Papenberg
Senior Editor

Kate Papenberg is a Senior Editor. Prior to joining Orient Research Center - DC, Kate was an active-duty member of the United States Air Force having spent time in Afghanistan, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, and the UAE, among other locales over the course of 10 years. She then took on private-sector roles within GE’s Oil and Gas division as well as She is currently working with the US State Department’s EducationUSA initiative in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and Minsk, Belarus. She has an MS in logistics managements alongside an MBA from the UK and a BS in foreign area studies, which she earned with a concentration in Russian.

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Dr. Samir Altaqi
Founder / Managing Partner

Since 2010, Dr. Samir al-Taqi has served as the General Director of Orient Research Centre (ORC), an independent think-tank focused on strategic and political studies in the Gulf and the Middle East based in Dubai, U.A.E. From 2005 until 2010, al-Taqi was the director of the Orient Centre for International Studies in Damascus, affiliated at the time with the Syrian Foreign Ministry until the center was shut down by the Syrian government. A cardiothoracic surgeon by profession, al-Taqi served as the Head of Medical Services at the Health Department in the Governorate of Aleppo, supervising and auditing the operation of all hospitals in the governorate. In the early 2000s, he consulted on health issues for the Syrian Ministry of Health, as well as Syrian Prime Minister Muhammad Naji al-Otari. From 1994-1998, Dr. al-Taqi served one term as a member of the Syrian Parliament. Al-Taqi was an academic fellow at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, from 2010 until 2011. He has written and presented extensively on the Syrian state’s structure and decision-making apparatus; political and strategic problems in the Middle East; and international relations. Dr. al-Taqi is a graduate of the University of Aleppo, Faculty of Medicine

Nadin Samaan
Managing Director

Nadin Samaan is the Managing Director of the Insight Advisory Group. Prior to joining IAG, Nadin held several academic, managerial and consultancy positions at UNICEF and Kalamoon University. She served as a Nutrition Officer at UNICEF - Syria office, where she worked on the nutrition emergency response in the drought affected areas in Syria and during the war crisis. Nadin provided the technical support to disseminate the first National Nutrition Strategy in Syria and expand the Nutrition Surveillance System in the country.  She worked on assessing the nutritional needs for refugees in the USA as part of Summit County Public Health department’s efforts to improve minority health in Ohio. Nadin’s academic experience drives the IAG research toward analytical academic research, which empowers the Group’s achievements. She holds an International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance from Fordham University-New York in addition to a Bachelor Degree in Dietetics from University of Akron - Ohio and a Bachelor Degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Kalamoon.




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Norfolk, Virginia 23510-2670

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