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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.

The Crude Math of Geopolitical Risk

The price of oil isn’t arrived at rationally.

Gauging the Strength of the Turkish Military

Since its founding, the modern Turkish republic has changed dramatically.

Iran’s Strategy in Iraq, and the Militias That Make It Possible

There are almost 70 Popular Mobilization Forces militias in Iraq. Most of them are loyal to Tehran.

The Red Sea, Where Alliances Shift With the Tide

The region is too strategically valuable to be left alone by regional and even global powers.

Iran Protests: What’s Really at Stake

Could the recent bout of unrest be a challenge to the regime?

Foreign Debt: The Price of Turkey’s Rise to Power

Dec. 14, 2017 Can the government afford to be more involved in the Middle East?

A Top-to-Bottom Review of the Russian Economy

Nov. 30, 2017 With low oil prices, Moscow has had to get creative with the way it raises money.

The South Caucasus: Untamed Crossroad of Empires

Oct. 19, 2017 The mountainous terrain forms a daunting barrier, whose few passages are worth fighting for.

France and Germany: The Arbiters of European Peace

Sept. 21, 2017 When the strategies of Paris and Berlin change, so too will the institutions that pacified the Continent.

South Africa: A State With Many Nations

Aug. 24, 2017 The country is too bogged down in its own domestic issues to become the regional leader it could be.

Shale Oil: Another Layer of US Power

June 15, 2017 Geopolitics is rarely a zero-sum game. But in the case of shale oil, it is.

The Devil in the Details of a Korean War

June 1, 2017 North Korea’s conventional military capabilities, not its nuclear program, will determine what a potential conflict would look like.