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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.