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James Guild

James Guild

James Guild is an expert in trade, finance, and economic development in Southeast Asia.

James Guild holds a Ph.D. in International Political Economy from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore. He specializes in trade, finance, and economic development in Southeast Asia. Follow him on twitter @jamesjguild or

Posts by James Guild
October 26, 2021

Vietnam’s Metro Rail Lines Lumber Toward Completion

By James Guild
The travails of the planned metro lines in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City offer useful perspective on the role of Chinese development financing.

October 19, 2021

Breaking Down Indonesia’s 2022 State Budget

By James Guild
In 2022, the state intends to continue its robust spending on the areas most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic: health and social assistance.
October 12, 2021

What the AidData Report Reveals About BRI Lending in Southeast Asia

By James Guild
The report shows both the extent of Chinese lending to the region and the agency with which governments have engaged with the BRI.

October 06, 2021

What the 12th Malaysia Plan Tells Us About the Country’s Political Economy

By James Guild
The latest iteration of the country's five-year plan includes a host of nice-sounding economic goals. The challenge is implementing them.

September 28, 2021

Reappraising the Economic Legacy of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

By James Guild
Many of the Indonesian leader's economic decisions seem better with the benefit of hindsight.

September 21, 2021

Why Vietnam Is Pushing Ahead With the Phu Quoc Tourism Sandbox

By James Guild
Some Asian nations' headlong push to restart tourism is a function of deeper structural imbalances in the global political economy.
September 14, 2021

Thailand’s 2022 Budget Takes Shape

By James Guild
The government has been criticized for directing money to royal agencies and questionable submarine purchases during a time of economic uncertainty.

September 07, 2021

Did Indonesia Dodge a Bullet With Its Renewable Energy Feed-in-Tariffs?

By James Guild
The state utility PLN might have unwittingly side-stepped a common pitfall of tariff feed-in schemes.

August 31, 2021

Why Manila and Jakarta Might Disagree About Water Privatization

By James Guild
The tale of two municipal water systems militates against one-size-fits-all solutions to the management of public services.

August 25, 2021

Southeast Asia’s Current Account Balancing Act

By James Guild
While trade is important as countries seek to bounce back from COVID-19, you need to poke a little deeper to get a full picture of the current account.

August 17, 2021

Why Did Singtel Reject Takeover Bid for Thai Telecom Giant?

By James Guild
The past three decades have seen the Singaporean firm expand successfully into regional telecoms markets.
August 10, 2021

Is Pindad Ready to Anchor Indonesia’s Defense Industrial Ambitions?

By James Guild
The firm's successes encapsulate the broader goals of Indonesia's state-owned sector.

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