Xavier Palacios is a political risk analyst specialized in emerging markets, currently based in Nicosia, Cyprus. Xavier has previously worked at the political risk consultancy firm West Sands Advisory, and before he also spent two years in Turkey, where he worked at the İstanbul Şehir University. Xavier collaborates as an analyst for Gulf State Analytics.
Xavier earned his MSc degree from SOAS, University of London. With a special focus on Turkey and its region, Xavier has published for different platforms, focusing on different topics such as geopolitical risk, energy, or informal governance, among other topics.