Uzbekistan: From Privatizing Everything To Leapfrogging 30 Years

Via Forbes, an article on Uzbekistan: Five years ago, Uzbekistan, the most populous state in Central Asia, with a per-capita GDP barely above India’s, got a new president. Everyone in frontier markets considered this the moment Uzbekistan finally shed its Soviet-era skin. And investors, especially experienced Western ones in corporate finance, venture capital, and the securities […]

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China’s Belt and Road Won’t Readily Reach Afghanistan

Via Asia Times, a look at Beijing’s hope to connect a Taliban-led Afghanistan with neighboring Pakistan overlooks rising and lethal resistance to the scheme: When suspected militants killed nine Chinese nationals in a blast that sent a bus plunging into a high mountain ravine in northern Pakistan, it marked the latest in a rising string of […]

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Can Afghanistan Be Part of An Integrated Central Asia?

Via National Interest, a look at how a more integrated and cohesive Central Asia that includes Afghanistan will bring do more than anything else in sight to make Afghanistan stable and predictable: For many in the West and worldwide, the five countries of Central Asia remain a mystery, and their role in world affairs unknown. Yet […]

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After Years As A Battleground, Investment Boom Lifts Iraqi City

Courtesy of The New York Times, an article on Ramadi – site of some of the fiercest fighting against U.S. troops during the Iraq war – is emerging as one of Iraq’s most stable cities: On the banks of the Euphrates River, the iron beams and bricks are going up for a 20-story luxury hotel with […]

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Mauritius’ MediaCity: Aims To Succeed Where Other African ‘Smart Cities’ Failed

Via Quartz, an article on Mauritius’ hopes to establish Africa’s first integrated, international hub for the media and creative industries: A few months back, investors unveiled plans of setting up a global multimedia hub in the Indian Ocean Island of Mauritius. Touted as “Africa’s first integrated, international hub for the media and creative industries,” the […]

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Rising Prices and Political Instability in Lebanon, Iran and Sudan

Via Politics Today, a look at how Lebanon, Iran and Sudan are all suffering from a lack of energy sources, but these are merely underlying causes of a larger issue: their real struggle will be in overcoming rampant inflation: Political instability has arisen around the world, driven by rising costs, food insecurity, and current effects 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.