Archive for the ‘Turkey’ Category

Geopolitics of the Lapis Lazuli Corridor

Via The Diplomat, a look at how the Lapis Lazuli project will advance the geopolitical aspirations of the member countries — and the US: The New Silk Road initiative of the United States came to life in June 2011, when then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hinted at regional connectivity through rail lines, highways, and energy infrastructure […]

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China Funded Lapis-Lazuli Transport Corridor Unites Caucasus & Central Asia

Via Silk Road Briefing, an article on the Lapis-Lazuli Transport Corridor: China’s reach into Central Asia and the Caucasus has taken a major step forward with a new initiative poetically known as “The Lapis-Lazuli Transit, Trade & Transport Route” (or the “Lapis Lazuli Corridor”). This aims to enhance regional economic cooperation and connectivity between Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, […]

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Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) Rail Line

Via Forbes, a look at how Azerbaijan, Georgia, And Turkey subverted Russia and isolated Armenia with a new railway: After many years of anticipation and delays, the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) rail line has ceremoniously gone into service. Its first train just pulled out of the New Port of Baku on Monday, making its first official run across Azerbaijan […]

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In Iraqi Kurdistan, Momentum Builds for an Iranian Pipeline

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), interesting analysis of the potential for a pipeline to take Kurdish oil to market through Iran: For years, Iraqi Kurdistan and Iran have been in talks to construct a pipeline that would transport Kurdish oil to the Iranian market. Until now, the negotiations have lagged as the Kurdistan Regional Government […]

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In Emerging Markets, What Scares Most Investors Entices Others

Courtesy of the New York Times, a look at Justin M. Leverenz, who runs America’s largest emerging markets mutual fund: Jodi Hilton for The New York TimesJustin M. Leverenz in Istanbul. Since 2009, the assets in his emerging market fund have soared to $41 billion. The day has been long for Justin M. Leverenz, who […]

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Pipeline Politics: A Proposed Turkmenistan – Europe Connection

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), an interesting analysis of a proposed Turkmenistan – Europe pipeline: Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimukhamedov (R) attends the opening ceremony at a refinery in Samandepe on Dec. 14, 2009. Summary The crisis in Ukraine has heightened Europe’s interest in diversifying energy supplies away from Russia, and the long discussed Trans-Caspian pipeline […]

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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.