Tokayev’s Kazakhstan

Via The Atlantic Council, detailed commentary on Kazakhstan under the new Presidency: Since Kassym-Jomart Tokayev assumed the presidency on March 20, Kazakhstan has taken a beating in the world press. And not without cause. Two days after the event, police shut down several unprecedented demonstrations in the capital. Over the following weeks several thousand young […]

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Uzbekistan: The Hidden Gem In China’s New Silk Road

Via Forbes, a look at Uzbekistan: Uzbekistan may very well be the best under-the-radar investment story in the world today. But the transformation spearheaded by the country’s new president, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, from socialism to capitalism should put the $50 billion economy on investors radar screens. The country is famous for the ancient cities of Samarkand […]

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Laos’ Land-Linking Dreams

Via The Diplomat, a look at Laos’ aspirations to gain centrality in the Greater Mekong Subregion via new infrastructure: The Lao government is strongly pushing ahead with different projects to better connect the country to the main transport networks of the region and integrate it into global value chains. Laos’ landlocked position and natural topography has […]

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For Peace in Afghanistan, Economy Is Key

Via The Diplomat, commentary on Afghanistan’s economy: The role of a well-functioning and growing economy cannot be underestimated in contributing to the stability of a country. For the continued prosperity and stability of a nation, its economy must be constantly monitored, carefully managed, and creatively developed for sustainability, further growth, and ensuring prosperity. In Afghanistan, […]

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The Emerging Markets In China’s Belt & Road Initiative

Via Silk Road Briefing, a look at the emerging markets In China’s Belt & Road Initiative: China’s MOFCOM and various news media outlets such as Xinhua, the People’s Daily and Global Times do their bit in both promoting the development of the Belt & Road Initiative and the impact it is having on China trade. […]

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Networking the “Belt and Road”

Via the Mercator Institute for China Studies, commentary on the digital Silk Road: Innovation and the Digital Silk Road are moving to the forefront of Beijing’s efforts to develop the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). President Xi Jinping’s speech at the Second BRI Forum in April 2019 spoke of cooperation in the digital economy and innovation-driven development as priority areas for the BRI. The accompanying policy report “The Belt and Road Initiative Progress, Contributions […]

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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.