Kyrgyzstan The Missing Link In China’s Railway To Uzbekistan…And Beyond

Via Radio Free Europe, an article on how Kyrgyzstan is the missing link in China’s railway to Uzbekistan…and beyond: The big problem with the announcement in early June that the first freight train had left the Chinese city of Lanzhou bound for the Uzbek capital, Tashkent, is that the railway link in Kyrgyzstan needed for the […]

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Iranian Military-Owned Conglomerate Sets Up Shop in Venezuela

Courtesy of The Wall Street Journal (subscription required), a report on a new Venezuelan grocer brings ties to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps: An Iranian conglomerate owned by the country’s military and tied to its missile program has established a retail foothold in Venezuela, according to officials and records detailing the move, deepening Tehran’s involvement with […]

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Mongolia’s Energy Alliance with Russia and China

Via The Diplomat, a look at the Power of Siberia 2 project involvingRussia, Mongolia, and China: Mongolia, geopolitically and physically land-locked between two regional powers — Russia and China — is paving the way to secure an energy alliance. In March 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee […]

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China’s Pipeline Dream In Pakistan

Via The Lowry Institute, a report on China’s plan to transport oil across the Himalayas: The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is one of the flagship projects of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). It initially attracted US$46 billion in investment, which was later increased to $62 billion by April 2017, to support large-scale “infrastructure construction” and industrial development, […]

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Pakistan’s CPEC Obsession: Boon Or Bane?

Via Eurasia Review, commentary on CPEC: Since its inception, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has evoked a lot of interest among the policymakers, analysts, and strategists around the world. While the ruling elite in Pakistan considers it a boon that would transform Pakistan’s future, many analysts have viewed it as a Chinese game-plan to turn […]

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Covid’s Impact On African Countries’ Plans to Fuel Economic Growth with Oil and Gas

Via Quartz, an article on Covid’s impact upon several African countries’ plans to fuel economic growth with oil and gas: When coronavirus forced the world into lockdown, it punched a hole in global oil demand and sent prices crashing to historic lows. The result was an overnight fiscal catastrophe for oil-dependent African economies like Nigeria that were accustomed […]

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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.