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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 19, 2021

Low Rates Are Pushing US Capital Into Southeast Asia. What Happens When Rates Go Up?

By James Guild
For emerging markets, foreign capital inflows can spur growth – but they are also a potential source of volatility.

January 12, 2021

What’s Driving Vietnam’s Renewable Energy Boom?

By James Guild
As elsewhere, Vietnam's increasing reliance on energy imports has driven its green energy push.
January 05, 2021

Promotion or Punishment? Sandiaga Uno Named Indonesia’s New Tourism Minister

By James Guild
Jokowi's appointment of his opponent from the 2019 presidential election appears to be driven by a shrewd political calculation.

December 30, 2020

The Political Economy of Thailand’s Renewable Energy Ambitions

By James Guild
How did Thailand grow its nascent renewable energy sector?

December 22, 2020

Singapore’s Digital Banking Race is On

By James Guild
Digital newcomers face serious challenges in poaching customers from Singapore’s traditional banking sector.

December 15, 2020

The Complexity of Indonesia’s Halal Economy

By James Guild
Calls for an alcohol ban speak to the complexity of balancing economic and religious considerations in Indonesia.
December 09, 2020

Thailand’s Debt Dilemma

By James Guild
The nation is hoping to pump stimulus into the economy while maintaining a stable currency. Can it thread the needle?

December 01, 2020

A Tale of Two State-Owned Oil and Gas Companies

By James Guild
COVID-19 has presented state oil firms in Malaysia and Indonesia with widely divergent challenges.

November 24, 2020

Indonesia’s Sovereign Request Fund

By James Guild
Indonesia's ambitious plans for a sovereign wealth fund have raised more questions than they have answered.

November 17, 2020

Donald Trump’s Prabowo Delusion

By James Guild
Donald Trump's refusal to concede echoes the aftermath of Indonesia's last election. But there are some crucial differences, too.

November 10, 2020

China’s BRI and its High-Speed Railways to Nowhere

By James Guild
The railway projects being built under the Belt and Road Initiative offer marginal economic benefits at exorbitant costs.
November 03, 2020

Turbulent Times for Southeast Asia’s National Airlines

By James Guild
Since COVID-19 brought international travel to a grinding halt, the region's airlines have been pushed to the brink of collapse.

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