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CFR Interview with President Yudhoyono

by Joshua Kurlantzick
May 25, 2011

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono attends a session at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos January 28, 2011.

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono attends a session at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos January 28, 2011. (Vincent Kessler/Courtesy Reuters)

Along with a group of U.S. editors  taking part in a trip to Indonesia, CFR.org senior staff writer Jayshree Bajoria interviewed Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. As I noted in a recent post, despite pushing significant reforms and overseeing strong economic growth, Yudhoyono finds his popularity outstripped by that of the former dictator Suharto, largely because the Indonesian public is simply realizing that democratization can be painful and messy. In the interview, SBY reflects on these challenges, and offers his insights about the pain of reforms.

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