The Diplomat  |  Author

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 29, 2020

Indonesia’s State-Owned Power Company is Hemorrhaging Cash – And That’s OK

By James Guild
Rather than a ruthlessly efficient corporate entity, the Indonesian utility is best seen as a vital public service provider.

September 22, 2020

Will Trade Lead the Way in Southeast Asia’s COVID-19 Recovery?

By James Guild
Many Southeast Asian currencies have recently gained in value against the U.S. dollar, with complex implications for the region's exports.
September 16, 2020

Should We Be Worried About Indonesia’s Stock Market?

By James Guild
Its recent poor performance is a less pressing concern than Indonesia's capacity to regulate complex financial markets effectively.

September 09, 2020

Is a Green New Deal on the Way in Southeast Asia?

By James Guild
COVID-19 offers the region an opportunity to kick start a transition toward sustainable energy – but a host of challenges remain.

September 01, 2020

Indonesia’s Monetary Experiment

By James Guild
It's a difficult time for developing economies seeking to fund emergency measures. Indonesia has adopted a bold new strategy in response.

May 21, 2020

In Indonesia, Will COVID-19 Trigger Another Asian Financial Crisis?

By James Guild
History may not repeat, but it does rhyme. 
March 30, 2020

The Economic Consequences of Coronavirus in Indonesia

By James Guild
Indonesia is in a tough spot – waging a public health war against COVID-19 while fighting off recession using limited fiscal resources.

February 14, 2020

Why Monash Opening a Campus in Indonesia Is a Big Deal

By James Guild
The announcement proves Jokowi is serious about opening up previously closed sectors to foreign competition.

August 23, 2019

How Indonesia Avoided Brazil’s Economic Fate

By James Guild
Two large, developing countries, opposite economic trajectories.

September 05, 2018

Another Indonesian Financial Crisis? Not Quite.

By James Guild
Indonesia’s rupiah is nearing levels last seen in the Asian Financial Crisis. Here's why this time is different.

June 07, 2018

Indonesia’s Booming Tourism Industry

By James Guild
What growth in Indonesia's tourism sector tells us about Jokowi’s economic policies.
October 25, 2017

How the US Is Losing to China in Southeast Asia

By James Guild
As Trump prepares to travel to Southeast Asia next month, China is already beating him to the punch where it counts.

Page 1 of 1