Associate Fellow, Asia-Pacific Programme (based in Singapore)
James Crabtree

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James provides analysis on topics relating to Asian geopolitics and development, with a particular focus on South and South East Asia.

Based in Singapore, he is also an associate professor of practice at the Lee Kuan Yew School in Singapore, and a senior fellow at the school's Centre on Asia and Globalisation.

Formerly he worked at the Financial Times, most recently as Mumbai bureau chief. He has written widely for global publications, from the FT and Economist to Wired and Foreign Policy. James also writes a fortnightly column for Nikkei Asian Review.

Before journalism, James was a senior policy advisor in the UK Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit under prime ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

He spent a number of years living in the United States, initially as a Fulbright Scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Areas of expertise

  • India and South Asia
  • The future of globalisation
  • Politics in south-east Asia
  • Asian geopolitics
  • Corruption and governance

Past experience

2018Associate professor of practice, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
2016-17Senior visiting fellow, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy 
2011-17Mumbai bureau chief, Financial Times