Is This Indonesia's Obama Moment?

July 9, 2014 3:39 PM

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Is This Indonesia's Obama Moment?

As exit polls show Joko Widodo as the likely winner of Indonesia’s presidential election today, there is a growing tendency to present the new leader as something of an Obama: young, vibrant and representing a new direction for Indonesian policy and society.

That’s all well and good, but as the Obama administration has discovered, rhetoric and a sense of momentum is not quite the same as being able to get things done. A Yes You Can moment only takes you so far.

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