On Jan. 25, 2011, Egypt erupted into the now iconic uprising that raged for 18 days. The protests were the culmination of decades of frustration with the country's authoritarian regime, its stranglehold over political freedom, and growing economic inequality. The thousands, and ultimately millions, of bodies occupying downtown Cairo and city squares around the country represented every segment of society, uniting around the demand to topple the regime.
On Feb. 11, 2011, Egyptians made history: Hosni Mubarak stepped down as Egypt's president, handing authority to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces. As Cairo's Tahrir Square emptied, however, divides emerged within the protest movement over the timing of elections, when Egypt should draft a new constitution, and whether continued street protests were necessary.
On the first anniversary of the uprising, five influential participants reflect on the last year, Egypt's future -- and how revolution is a lot more complicated than they thought.