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.
- India and South Asia
- The future of globalisation
- Politics in south-east Asia
- Asian geopolitics
- Corruption and governance
|2018||Associate professor of practice, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy|
|2016-17||Senior visiting fellow, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy|
|2011-17||Mumbai bureau chief, Financial Times|
- The Billionaire Raj: A Journey Through India's New Gilded Age Tim Duggan Books, July 2018
- Why Britain should be allowed to join the TPP The Straits Times, January 2018
- Asia must learn to love higher taxes Nikkei Asian Review, November 2017
- The dangers of India’s Billionaire Raj MINT, September 2017
- Modi's Money Madness: Will the BJP Learn the Wrong Lessons From Demonetization? Foreign Affairs, June 2017
- Has Narendra Modi cleaned up India? Prospect, April 2015