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Xander Snyder

Xander Snyder
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Xander Snyder is an analyst at Geopolitical Futures. He has a diverse theoretical and practical background in economics, finance and entrepreneurship. As an investment banker, Mr. Snyder worked in corporate debt origination and later in a consumer-retail industry group at Guggenheim Securities, participating in transactions ranging from mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt capital raises, spin-offs and split-offs to principal investing and fairness opinions. He has worked on more than $4 billion worth of transactions. He subsequently co-founded and served as CFO for Persistent Efficiency, an energy efficiency company that used cutting-edge technology to create a new type of electricity sensor for circuit breakers and related data services. In his role, he was responsible for raising more than $1.5 million in seed capital and presented to some 70 venture capital and angel investors in the process. He also signed four Fortune 500 companies as customers, managed all aspects of company accounting, budgeting and cash flow, investor relations, and supply chain and inventory management. In addition to setting corporate strategy, he helped grow the company from two people to a 12-person team. As an independent financial consultant, Mr. Snyder wrote an economics publication for a financial firm that went out to more than 10,000 individuals and assisted in deal sourcing for a real estate private equity fund. He is an active real estate investor and an occasional angel investor. Mr. Snyder received his bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in economics and classical music composition from Cornell University.

Ruptures in the Yemen Coalition

Clashes between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates may indicate a deeper strategic divide between the two.

Turkey in the Bigger Picture

Purchasing the S-400 system from Russia is a sign of its increasingly independent foreign policy.

Turkey’s Libya Problem

Ankara’s involvement in the war-torn country is part of its broader competition with Arab states.

Why War With Iran Isn’t in the United States’ Interests

The strategic calculus behind such a confrontation just doesn’t benefit the U.S.

In Syria, An Opportunity for US-Russian Cooperation

A political settlement between the U.S., Russia and Israel could address Iran’s presence in Syria.

China, Corn and Caterpillars

An invasion of armyworm could force China to import more corn.

Iran’s Water Pressure: Droughts, Floods and a Looming Crisis

If it wants to avert a disaster, Tehran needs to find a solution to the country’s water crisis. But its options are limited.

Turkish Proxies and Russian Forces Clash in Syria

While details of the attack on Russian forces remain scant, it could have serious implications for relations between Turkey, Russia and the United States.

Russia and Iran: Strange Bedfellows No Longer?

The Syrian war is winding down, and alliances are beginning to sour.

Is the Shale Revolution Here to Stay?

Critics of the U.S. shale industry question its staying power.