In Shadow of BRI: The Great Railway Game

Via Reconnecting Asia, a look at how the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC)  is complemented by two other initiatives: the Chabahar International Transport and Transit Corridor; and the proposed Russia-Pakistan (Ru-Pak) Corridor The International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC), examined in the first part of this series, has developed slowly but steadily during its twenty years of existence. Although mired […]

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In Shadow of BRI: Eurasian Corridors on the North—South Axis

Via Reconnecting Asia, an article on the North-South routes which consist of a bundle of land and sea multimodal corridors and connect South Asia to Northern Europe via the Persian Gulf and the Caspian region: While most heads were turned to the East-West transport arteries spearheaded by China’s Belt and Road investments, activity along the lesser […]

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Uganda Still Waiting for Oil Riches

Via Oil & Gas Daily, a look at Uganda’s wait for seeing benefits from petroleum finds: It was the promise of oil — billions of barrels of black gold, discovered locked beneath Lake Albert — and the riches to follow that brought electricity to Buliisa. Roads, piped water, and other unthinkable luxuries came next, as […]

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How Natural Resources Could Help Build Peace in Afghanistan

Via The Wilson Center’s New Security Beat, a report on Afghanistan’s natural resource potential: Potential water wars due to plans for multiple dams, violent opium cartels supporting world heroin markets, and many conflict-financing minerals including everyday talc used for baby powder. These are the types of natural resources stories that usually make front page news about Afghanistan. But natural resources […]

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MTN Dials Up Iran Growth Despite Virus, Sanctions

Via The Iran Project, an article on MTN’s push for Iran growth in face of virus and sanctions: MTN Group Ltd. said its Iranian business is still able to achieve strong sales growth in the short term, even as the unit battles to overcome ongoing U.S. sanctions and the rapid spread of the coronavirus. Africa’s largest […]

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Central Asia’s Force Majeure Fears: COVID-19′s Impact On China’s Natural Gas Demands

Via Eurasia Review, a report on COVID-19′s impact on China’s demand for natural gas from Central Asia: China’s COVID-19 outbreak has seen Beijing’s demand for natural gas stutter, after years of breakneck expansion. In February, China’s natural gas demand was estimated to have fallen 17 percent year-on-year, and while there were some subsequent indications of recovery for liquefied natural […]

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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.