Kyrgyzstan and Longhai: Chasing the Dragon

Via Eurasianet, an interesting look at the complexities of doing business in Central Asia with Chinese firms: One afternoon in late July 2012, Christopher Kliner and a colleague stepped out of an elevator into a penthouse apartment in the Chinese city of Qingdao expecting to talk business. What greeted them was a most peculiar sight.  […]

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Turkmenistan’s Gas Exports Hampered by Geopolitical Realities

Via The Jamestown Foundation, a report on Turkmenistan’s gas export visions are bumping up against geopolitical reality: On August 12, during the Caspian Economic Forum in Turkmenistan, Russia and Iran expressed their discontent regarding the long-proposed Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline (TCP) project (see EDM, September 4). Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev stressed that all “major Caspian […]

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Pakistan Strives to Switch to Natural Gas

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), a report on Pakistan’s desire to switch to natural gas for its main energy fuel: HIGHLIGHTS Pakistan will continue to shift its economy from oil to natural gas, a cleaner and less expensive option. The government’s wide-ranging campaign against graft, and other problems like debt and energy bottlenecks, will likely […]

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Profiting From Syria’s War

Via Financial Times, an article on the few profiteers made millions picking clean the carcass of the Syria’s economy: This summer, a pair of Syrian brothers journeyed across Europe. Their story did not begin with a rubber dinghy afloat on the Aegean and a scramble for safety on to a Greek island: a well-worn route for […]

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Khorgos or Khor-stops: Hype on the Belt and Road

Via The Diplomat, an updated look at Khorgos which is less transformative than its proponents believe – and yet it does illustrate some of the promise of the BRI: Since its announcement at Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan in 2013, what has become known as China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has prompted a host of analyses […]

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Warning Signs Over Libya’s Oil Production

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), a report on Libya’s oil production: HIGHLIGHTS Any attempt by the National Oil Corporation to further restrict supplies of kerosene, diesel and jet fuel to eastern Libya risks upending the balance of Libya’s oil sector, which has maintained production of about 1 million barrels per day despite the outbreak of […]

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About This Blog
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.