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Meredith Buel
December 27, 2014 1:53 PM
Four years after the uprisings that shattered the decades old status quo in the Middle East, 2015 promises to be another year of tumultuous change, presenting new challenges for U.S. foreign policy leaders. VOA correspondent Meredith Buel looks ahead to expectations for the region in the New Year.
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Video Tumultuous Change Predicted for Mideast in 2015

Four years after the uprisings that shattered the decades old status quo in the Middle East, 2015 promises to be another year of tumultuous change, presenting new challenges for U.S. foreign policy leaders. VOA correspondent Meredith Buel looks ahead to expectations for the region in the New Year.
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FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2014 photo, AirAsia Airbus A320-200 passenger jets are parked on the tarmac at low cost terminal KLIA2 in Sepang, Malaysia.

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FILE - President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Dec. 19, 2014.

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Greek lawmakers attend the third round of voting to elect a new Greek president at the Parliament in Athens, Dec. 29, 2014, as Greece heads to early general elections after parliament failed to elect a new president in a third and final round of voting.

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