Archive for February, 2014

Cold Rush: Asian Giants Look To The Arctic For Oil

Via The Diplomat, an article on the race between India and China to build a presence in the energy-rich Arctic region: After a lengthy courtship, China and India formalized their relationship with the Arctic Council in May 2013 by gaining admission as official observer states. In the months since, both countries have been actively seeking […]

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Egypt’s Gas Pains

Via Foreign Policy, an article on why energy – not terrorism – could be Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s undoing: Egypt faces plenty of threats, from a growing insurgency in the Sinai to a shaky and still unstable presidential regime. But the dramatic reversal in the country’s energy fortunes in recent years, and the stark challenges that poses […]

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Pakistan: The Urdu Rate Of Growth

Courtesy of The Economist, a detailed look at Pakistan’s economy and the impact that power shortages have upon its development: EVEN the swankiest chandelier is not much use these days without electricity. Just as Shahbaz Sharif explains Pakistan’s new energy policy, his Lahore home plunges into darkness, briefly hiding him, his oil paintings and a […]

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Bolivia’s Economy Rises From Instability

Via the New York Times, an interesting look at Bolivia: A large market in El Alto, a working-class city in Bolivia. From colorful mansions to a proliferation of bakeries, there are signs that many have extra cash to spend. Meridith Kohut for The New York Times Argentina’s currency has plunged, setting off global worries about […]

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Latin Countries Forge Trade Accord With Eyes On Asia

Courtesy of the Wall Street Journal, a report on the new Pacific Alliance between Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Chile:   Latin America’s most open economies signed a free-trade pact on Monday in an effort to firm their ties and raise commerce with Asia, a move that also creates a counterbalance to their colossal neighbor Brazil. […]

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China Pursues New Central Asian Gas Route

Via Eurasia Review, a report on China’s plans for a new Central Asian gas route: China appears to be buying an expensive insurance policy for natural gas imports from Central Asia with its plans to build a pipeline through Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Since 2006, China has invested heavily in developing gas imports from Turkmenistan, opening […]

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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.