[Updated October 20, 2011] In January, protesters in Tunisia forced out longtime President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in a popular revolt that triggered unrest across North Africa and the Middle East.
In some countries, demonstrators have forced their governments to enact reforms. In others, brute force has met the protests.
CNN.comâs interactive map highlights differences among the countries, offering an overview of the region and the major changes that have taken place since beginning of the year.
Note that the categories and the countries within them could change as events develop.
Countries: Egypt, Libya, Tunisia
In these countries, leaders and their governments have been deposed.
Countries: Bahrain, Syria, Yemen
The governments of Bahrain, Syria and Yemen have taken aggressive steps to quell unrest.
There has been sporadic violence in other countries, but it has been a consistent problem in these three, often resulting in deaths.
Countries: Algeria, Djibouti, Jordan, Kuwait, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia
There have been anti-government protests in all these countries following the Tunisian revolution in January.
In some protests, there have been occasional reports of violence, but nothing as consistent or as deadly as those in Bahrain, Syria and Yemen.
In countries such as Jordan and Morocco, the governments have proposed reforms.