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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.

What We’re Reading: Perspectives on WWII and Colonialism

Weekly reviews of what’s on our bookshelves.

Japanese Currency: A No-Go in US Trade Talks

Tokyo may be willing to compromise on a variety of issues, but not on its monetary policy.

A Loya Jirga, the Taliban and Afghan Peace

Leaders from across Afghanistan are gathering in Kabul to discuss the prospect of a peace agreement.

Beyond Incirlik

The Turkish air base has become a point of contention in negotiations between Washington and Ankara.

New Alignments in the Horn of Africa

Eritrea has accused Turkey, Sudan and Qatar of interfering in its newfound peace with Ethiopia.

The Currency of Being Good in China

One man’s dystopia is another’s slightly improved access to credit.

In Turkey, Political Gains Come at a Cost

Erdogan’s recent economic interventions are beginning to take their toll on the country’s finances.

Why India and Pakistan Avoided Nuclear War

The logic that has governed nuclear brinksmanship since the advent of nuclear weapons is still in place today.

A Brief History of the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

Its origins go back decades but its end is nowhere in sight.

Russia’s Balancing Act in Syria

The war is coming to an end, and so too might be some of Moscow’s alliances.

Iran: Retrospective on a Revolution

A look back at the 1979 revolution that shaped the Iran of today.

The Myth of Credibility

Whether two states can cooperate with each other is a consequence of shared interests, not the cause.