Economic Warfare & Energy Security
“This aggression will not stand, man” - The Dude
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Over the past few weeks, LNG cargos have been rerouted from South Asia to Europe, depriving the former markets of gas. Many crops in Ukraine - the breadbasket of Europe - will not be planted.
The real-world economic consequences of recent economic warfare has only just begun.
The race to fill up gas storage for next winter will result in political & economic turmoil. And when spring turns to summer, we’ll begin to see the fallout in agricultural markets.
While Russia is the target (and will be the biggest loser) in this unprecedented economic war, other economies will also suffer.
Expect riots & price caps.
The lowest bidders (the poorest markets) will likely see orders unfilled.
And note that revolutions often follow lesser events of economic unrest.
In thinking about what may transpire, we’ve found ourselves thinking about the 2nd & 3rd order effects of what may come to pass.
The following interviews & research have either been predictive of recent events or - we believe - have the capacity to be predictive going forward (beyond 1st order effects) -
Research / Data / Commentary:
An interview with Julia Friedlander - a former policy advisor for Europe in the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence - on economic warfare & sanctions; previously, her role at the Treasury was executing sanctions
In an interview from December, Russian-born Dmitri Alperovitch - the former CTO and co-founder of CrowdStrike, the world’s largest cybersecurity company - makes the call that Putin will invade Ukraine
Last week, following the invasion, Dmitri Alperovitch returns to be interviewed on the topic of Russia & Ukraine - and his correct calling of the matter
Roughly a decade ago, he the made the call that specific political choices would lead to negative economic outcomes for investments in many emerging market economies.
It has - unfortunately - been a great call -
This event will cause prices to inflate, globally (and monetary policy won’t solve it)
A California VC Narrative Violation
We warned a Russian friend of this possibility a couple weeks ago; if you have Russian friends, it may be worth reminding them that many countries in the Americas (especially the US & Canada) were built by people leaving bad situations in Europe
That’s it for now - hope y’all enjoy the rest of your week -
“Strikes and gutters, ups and downs” - The Dude