Adventures In North Korean Capitalism

Courtesy of The New York Times, a detailed look at how – far from the stereotype of total economic isolation – North Korea’s black market has brought a surprising degree of modernity and consumerism — for some: One Night in Pyongyang, around 9 p.m., my North Korean minder, S., and I pulled into the empty parking […]

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China’s Digital Silk Road

Via Center for Strategic & International Studies, a transcript of an interesting panel discussion on the digital Silk Road: Matthew P. Goodman: Good morning, everyone. My name is Matthew Goodman. I hold the Simon Chair in political economy here at CSIS. Delighted to welcome you here to our humble abode for this event on the […]

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How A Chinese Pay TV Company Is Serving Up Soft Power In Africa

Via The Diplomat, a report on StarTimes’ growth in Africa: According to BuzzFeed News, on February 1 Chinese state television broadcaster CGTN America registered as a foreign agent in the United States, to comply with the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA). CGTN America director-general Jing Ma remained upbeat, claiming the registration was not a reflection on the […]

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Lebanon: Back In The Investment Game?

Via FDi Magazine, an updated look at Lebanon: Lebanon is a step closer to political stability, economic recovery and a tranche of foreign investment opportunities following the long-awaited formation of its government and the release of McKinsey’s national economic vision. Sebastian Shehadi reports. After nine months of political deadlock, Lebanon’s cabinet was formed in late January, thereby […]

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Black Rhino Or White Elephant? Blackstone Retreats From Africa Investment Plan

Courtesy of The Wall Street Journal, a report on Blackstone’s decision to pull back from a pledge to invest $2.5 billion through an African infrastructure company called Black Rhino: Blackstone Group , BX -0.50% the world’s largest private-equity firm, has pulled back on a plan to invest billions of dollars across Africa, the latest U.S. investor to temper its ambitions […]

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Laos: Rapid Economic Growth Thus Far Avoided Macroeconomic Cliffs

Via East Asia Forum, a report on Laos: Laos is one of the fastest growing economies in Southeast Asia. On average the country’s economy has grown by 7.5 per cent per year and trade by 17 per cent per year since 2000, reflecting the importance of trade as a key driver of its growth. While […]

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Wildcats & Black Sheep is a personal interest blog dedicated to the identification and evaluation of maverick investment opportunities arising in frontier - and, what some may consider to be, “rogue” or “black sheep” - markets around the world.

Focusing primarily on The New Seven Sisters - the largely state owned petroleum companies from the emerging world that have become key players in the oil & gas industry as identified by Carola Hoyos, Chief Energy Correspondent for The Financial Times - but spanning other nascent opportunities around the globe that may hold potential in the years ahead, Wildcats & Black Sheep is a place for the adventurous to contemplate & evaluate the emerging markets of tomorrow.