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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
January 24, 2023

Sun Cable Places Clean Energy Export Plans On Hold

By James Guild
The company had hoped to provide nearly half of Singapore’s clean energy imports in the coming decades.

January 17, 2023

Southeast Asia’s Cement Industrial Complex

By James Guild
The economics of cement production, particularly in emerging markets, are closely entwined with both politics and climate policy.
January 10, 2023

Why Indonesia Plans to Ban Bauxite Exports in 2023

By James Guild
The move is in line with Jakarta's increasingly aggressive use of export bans in pursuit of domestic economic goals.

January 04, 2023

Vietnam’s $15.5 Billion Just Energy Transition Partnership Explained

By James Guild
While a lot of details of the Just Energy Transition Partnership remain vague, one thing is clear: China will not be involved.

December 28, 2022

Southeast Asian Currencies End the Year on a High Note

By James Guild
Many of Southeast Asia’s major currencies came under pressure this year but are ending the year strong.

December 20, 2022

Why Economic Nationalism is on the Rise in Southeast Asia

By James Guild
Indonesia reflects the growing global trend of nations intervening in markets in pursuit of domestic development and strategic goals.
December 13, 2022

Why Does the Philippines Want a Sovereign Wealth Fund?

By James Guild
Such funds are usually set up in smallish commodity exporting nations that run large current account surpluses. The Philippines is neither of these.

December 06, 2022

Indonesia’s $20 Billion Energy Transition Partnership Takes Shape

By James Guild
The Just Energy Transition Partnership has laid out a roadmap to net zero, but many details are still only vaguely sketched.

November 29, 2022

Is the US Ready to Expand Its Strategic Economic Footprint in Southeast Asia?

By James Guild
During her recent visit to the Philippines, Vice President Kamala Harris indicated that the U.S. is ready to step up its economic engagement in strategic sectors.

November 22, 2022

Southeast Asia’s Month of Summits

By James Guild
The three major summits showcased the region's desire to remain aloof from growing strategic tensions between Russia, China, and the West.

November 15, 2022

What is Slowing Down Vietnam’s Transport Infrastructure Projects?

By James Guild
Among other things, the country's land acquisition procedures are creaky, opaque, and difficult to appeal.
November 08, 2022

Why Thailand’s Current Account Returned to Surplus in September

By James Guild
The development, driven by the revival of the tourism sector, suggests that the country is beginning to recover from the pandemic in earnest.  

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