Archive for December, 2017

PDVSA: Once A Cash Cow, Now On Verge Of Collapse

Courtesy of the New York Times, a detailed report on the demise of Venezuela’s PDVSA: A general with no energy experience has been installed as the head of the state oil company. Arrests, firings and desperate emigration have gutted top talent. Oil facilities are crumbling, while production is plummeting. As the rest of the oil-producing world recovers on the […]

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Afghanistan: A Hub For Central Asia?

Via India’s Daily Opinion, commentary  on efforts to position Afghanistan as a hub of Central Asia: South Asian economies are growing rapidly. According to the World Bank’s recent reports, the overall average economic growth rate for South Asian countries is forecasted to be 7.1 percent by 2018. This rapid growth has created a thirst for regional economic […]

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A Golden Era in Eurasia? The Yamal LNG Project

Via New Eastern Outlook, a report on a new $27 billion Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility just established in Russia’s Artic Yamal Peninsula: The $27 billion Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility just established in Russia’s Artic Yamal Peninsula may seem like just another energy project. However, it should not be glossed over. This new LNG […]

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Reuniting Afghanistan with Central Asia

Via the Times of Central Asia, a look at efforts to reunite Afghanistan with Central Asia: In the time of the Great Game, Afghanistan was in the center of the struggle between the Russian and British empires for their influence on Central Asia. Nowadays, post-Soviet republics of Central Asia seek to build stronger economic ties […]

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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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Since Removal of Sanctions, Sudan’s Economy Has Gotten Worse

Via African Arguments, a report on Sudan’s deteriorating economy: On 6 October, the US government announced that it would revoke the majority of economic sanctions imposed on Sudan. Many of them had been in place for two decades. Numerous governments, organisations, and commentators welcomed the decision. Sudan expert Alex de Waalcalled the move “long overdue”, while UN Special Rapporteur Idriss Jazairy noted the […]

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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.