The Middle East in 2012: On the brink of chaos?

ByDANIEL NISMAN
January 4, 2012 18:26

Where is a region in a state of transition headed in 2012?




Tahrir Square as protesters chant slogans

Tahrir Square as protesters chant slogans (R) 311. (photo credit:REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)



The feelings of hope and opportunity initially evoked by the Arab Spring have transformed into fear that the region may be sliding into a new status quo of instability. A sweep of the region from Morocco to Iran indicates that 2012 will be one of the most crucial years in the Middle East's modern history.




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