In this episode of Asia Abridged, Iranian-American scholar Trita Parsi talks about important changes occurring beneath the surface in the central Asian country.
A majestic temple with intricate carvings in Tamil Nadu, India on January 22, 2016. (Aravindan Ganesan/Flickr)
A flock of banded stilts and red-necked avocets start to take flight in Lake Burrumbeet, Australia on January 20, 2016. (Ed Dunens/Flickr)
Crowds of people explore the Taj Mahal in Agra, India on January 26, 2016. (Hadi Zaher/Flickr)
Fiery skies over Blue Point beach in Bali, Indonesia on January 22, 2016. (killerturnip/Flickr)
A child peeks out through the glass pane of an old wooden door in Nepal on January 2, 2016. (MIRKO MARCHETTI/Flickr)
A carpenter uses a myriad of tools to carve out intricate designs on a wooden door in Dhaka, Bangladesh on January 16, 2016. (Md. Aktar Hossain Ratan/Flickr)
Beachgoers enjoy a dazzling sunset in the Yemeni port city of Aden.
Recently released photographs from the New York Public Library show a Japan in the midst of rapid modernization.
Winding Sea Cliff Bridge in New South Wales, Australia on January 3, 2016. (Rodney Campbell/Flickr)