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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
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February 07, 2024

Why Vietnam Agreed to Supply the Philippines with Rice For Five Years

By James Guild
The arrangement is an encouraging example of Southeast Asian solidarity and regional self-sufficiency.
February 01, 2024

Markets, Makers, and the State of Play in Southeast Asia’s Electric Vehicle Industry

By James Guild
Across Southeast Asia, countries do not want to simply be a market for EVs. They want to make them.

January 30, 2024

Greenflation and the Role of Prices in Clean Energy Transitions

By James Guild
The shift to renewable energy inevitably involves massive costs. The question is: who should pay?

January 23, 2024

Why PhilHealth Doesn’t Need to Raise Premiums in 2024

By James Guild
With inflation continuing to rise, a scheduled premium increase seems likely to be suspended.

January 18, 2024

How the UAE is Making a Splash in Indonesia’s Clean Energy Sector

By James Guild
Masdar’s willingness to work within the constraints of the country's political economy offers important lessons for the U.S.-backed Just Energy Transition Partnership.
January 09, 2024

2023 Was a Wild Ride for Investment in Southeast Asia

By James Guild
The region is still feeling the economic reverberations of the U.S. Federal Reserve's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

January 03, 2024

3 Economic Stories in ASEAN to Watch in 2024

By James Guild
Last 2023, the coming year is likely to be a busy one for Southeast Asia on the economic front.
December 27, 2023

Why Early Retirement of Coal Power is Faltering in Southeast Asia 

By James Guild
If the goal is to reduce emissions by shutting coal plants down early without breaking contracts, then someone needs to pay. 

December 19, 2023

With 2024 Budget, Malaysia Gets Serious About Taxes

By James Guild
The budget sends a clear message: that Malaysia is looking to pivot away from oil and gas as a major source of state revenue.

December 12, 2023

Breaking Down the $20 Billion in Indonesia’s Just Energy Transition Partnership

By James Guild
The financing terms on offer from the U.S., Japan, and the European Union fall short of a strong commitment to the country's decarbonization.

December 05, 2023

Are Investors Becoming Disillusioned With Southeast Asia’s Tech Companies?

By James Guild
Most of the region's major players are yet to live up to the hype that once surrounded them.
November 29, 2023

Will Cash Stimulus Jump-Start the Thai Economy?

By James Guild
Economic recovery from COVID-19 has been sluggish, but there might be better ways to kickstart consumer spending.

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