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Founded in January 2016, Insight Advisory Group (IAG) is an independent research and training center based in Washington, D.C. providing risk assessment, political, and economic consulting services. In addition, IAG offers professional training programs for emerging leaders in a wide range of sectors, including politics, energy, health, and arts and culture.

IAG examines geopolitical developments in the MENA region, and advises decision-makers in both the Middle East and the United States about relevant risks and opportunities in the political, economic, and oil and gas sectors. IAG partners with Orient Research Centre, a think tank located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates with an affiliated center in Gaziantep, Turkey.

The team at IAG includes experts with deep understandings of international relations, American politics, and the political and economic situation in the Middle East. IAG uses a multi-disciplinary methodology to provide substantive views on key events and themes in the form of daily briefs, weekly videos, and research papers. Through its many products, IAG offers informed insights through a regional lens, publishing many products in both Arabic and English.

Our most popular publications

Oil and Gas 95%
Washington Alleys 89%
Washington Debates 97%
Middle East Briefing 90%


Ibrahim al-Assil

Ibrahim Al-Assil is the Managing Partner for Insight Advisory Group. He is a Syrian political analyst and civil society activist who serves as a fellow at the Middle East Institute. He is also a non-resident fellow at the Orient Research Center in Dubai. Since 2012, his work has been focused on the Syrian conflict with an emphasis on different aspects of security, civil society, political Islam, and governance. Al-Assil is the president and a co-founder of the Syrian Nonviolence Movement, an NGO formed in 2011 to promote peaceful struggle and civil resistance as a way to achieve social, cultural, and political change in Syrian government and society. In 2013-2014, he frequently visited northern Syria, where he lead an initiative to train Syrian activists about strategic planning and project management and conducted studies on the current status and potential role civil society plays in northern Syria. Al-Assil is an avid writer and has been published in a variety of media outlets. Also, he was chosen by the Swedish Institute in 2013 as a young leader from the MENA region.

Nadin Samaan

Nadin Samaan is the Administrative & Development Director at Insight Advisory Group. Prior to joining IAG, Nadin held several academic, managerial and executive positions at UNICEF and Kalamoon University. Nadin’s academic experience drives the IAG research toward analytical academic research, which empowers the Group’s achievements. Nadin holds an International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance from Fordham University-New York.

Caroline Quinn

Caroline Quinn is an analyst at Insight Advisory Group. Prior to joining IAG, Caroline was a Middle East Policy Intern at the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). After attending the graduate Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Chicago, Caroline spent nine months in Oman as an NSEP Boren Fellow, studying Arabic intensively and translating short stories.

Tom Dine

Tom Dine is Senior Advisor at Insight Advisory Group. He has had a 55-year career in American foreign affairs and public service, working in the U.S. legislative and executive branches of government. He has served as CEO
of several non-profit organizations, including the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). He has lived in the Philippines, India, and the Czech Republic. From 2008-2012, he has engaged a Syrian-American Track Two diplomacy project.

Abdullah Al Assil

Abdullah Al Assil is the Media Manager at Insight Advisory Group. He joined IAG in 2015 as a media officer and research assistant. He is a filmmaker and holds a bachelor degree in visual communications. Al-Assil worked on several short fiction films, a documentary feature, and a number of media projects between Syria, Malaysia and the US.


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