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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
July 27, 2021

Economic Logic Alone Will Not Curb ASEAN’s Carbon Emissions

By James Guild
The hard political choices involved in phasing out coal and reducing emissions are the most important, and also the most often elided, element.

July 20, 2021

The Challenge of Modernizing a Navy: Malaysia’s Boustead Heavy Industries

By James Guild
A decade ago, the Malaysian shipbuilder was in fine health. Now it finds itself in financial straits.
July 13, 2021

Why US-China Rivalry Might Be Good for Singapore’s Semiconductor Industry

By James Guild
Global chip-makers are diversifying their supply chains to hedge against the risks of growing geopolitical competition.

July 06, 2021

The Curious Case of Garuda Indonesia

By James Guild
The company's primary goal is not to make a profit for the Indonesian state.

June 29, 2021

The (Probable) Merger of Singapore’s Sembcorp Marine and Keppel Offshore & Marine, Explained

By James Guild
The deal reflects the logic of Singapore’s style of state capitalism, which gives the government a degree of control over strategic assets.

June 22, 2021

Thailand Prepares to Strike Back Against COVID-19. Will It Be Enough?

By James Guild
Thailand's ambitious plans for economic reopening are being undermined by the country's sluggish COVID-19 vaccine campaign.
June 15, 2021

What Is the Indonesia Battery Corporation?

By James Guild
Blessed with abundant nickel deposits, the nation hopes to position itself as a global hub of electric vehicle production.

June 08, 2021

WTO to Review Malaysia-EU Palm Oil Spat. What Happens Next?

By James Guild
The EU is making efforts to leverage its market power to ensure that products entering the trading bloc are more environmentally sustainable.

June 01, 2021

Who Is Winning Southeast Asia’s Car Wars?

By James Guild
Thailand has made the early running, but Indonesia's automotive industry is growing steadily.

May 25, 2021

Can Indonesia Really Quit Coal After 2023?

By James Guild
Any move to jettison coal power will likely face opposition from the country's powerful domestic coal lobby.

May 18, 2021

Why Singapore Press Holdings is Restructuring

By James Guild
The government is seeking to insulate Singapore's media further from the pressures of the free market.
May 11, 2021

How Jokowi Solved Indonesia’s Toll Road Dilemma. Sort Of.

By James Guild
In breaking through old bottlenecks, Indonesia's president has blurred the lines between the state and private enterprise.

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