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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
September 26, 2023

Southeast Asia’s Data Center Boom

By James Guild
Firms' increasing need for processing power and data storage is driving a rapid expansion of the sector.

September 19, 2023

MRT, HSR, LRT: Indonesia’s Alphabet Soup Approach to Public Transit

By James Guild
Assessing three major transport infrastructure projects that are nearing completion.
September 12, 2023

Thailand’s 560 Billion Baht Economic Stimulus Plan, Explained

By James Guild
The incoming administration of Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has hinted at a structural shift away from the country's export-led economic model.

September 07, 2023

Can Indonesia Afford Its Big Military Modernization Plans?

By James Guild
Despite a rash of major defense acquisitions, the country still spends a relatively low percentage of its GDP on defense.

August 29, 2023

Is the Philippines Winning Its Battle Against Inflation?

By James Guild
A tightening of monetary policy has brought things under control, but more challenges could lie ahead.

August 22, 2023

How Serious Is Malaysia About a Clean Energy Transition?  

By James Guild
Anwar Ibrahim's government has announced an ambitious transition plan, but it will take some effort to wean the country off fossil fuels.
August 15, 2023

Why Indonesia’s Waskita Karya Can’t Pay Its Debts

By James Guild
The state-owned construction firm has crumbled under a heavy load of bond obligations, but the risk of economic contagion is low.

August 08, 2023

What India’s Rice Export Ban Means for Southeast Asia

By James Guild
The impacts are likely to reflect the differing role that rice plays in each country's political economy.

August 01, 2023

Indonesia’s Largest Movie Chain, Cinema XXI, Goes Public

By James Guild
The cinema chain, which was founded during the Suharto years, has seen explosive growth over the past decade.

July 28, 2023

Why VinFast is Struggling In the US Electric Vehicle Market

By James Guild
The Vietnamese automotive firm's planned conquest of the American EV market has hit a number of hurdles.

July 19, 2023

How Indonesia Manages the Risks of Foreign Investment

By James Guild
Diversification of investment partners has been the key to the strategy pursued by President Joko Widodo's administration.
July 11, 2023

Mr. Musk Goes to Malaysia

By James Guild
Tesla sees some Southeast Asian countries as promising markets for its electric vehicles, and others as possible sites for producing them.

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