This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Jacques Bertrand, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Collaborative Master’s Program in Contemporary East and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Toronto. This fascinating conversation explores Jacques Bertrand’s extensive research on the politics and political change in Southeast Asia and provides detailed insights into this extensive and complex region which consists of countries with remarkably diverse histories and cultures. This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, A Prescription for Progress, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:I. Plunging In - Indonesian ImmersionII. Recognizing Complexity - Appreciating individual trajectoriesIII. Authoritarianism - Another product of historyIV. The Need For Caution - Political understanding vs. a normative agendaV. Breaking Away - Dealing with secessionist movementsVI. Asian Values - Rhetorical trope or meaningful distinction?VII. Making Progress - Knowing when to push, and when not toAbout Ideas Roadshow Conversations:This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert through a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit our website: https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/.