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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