In this episode of Asia Abridged, Iranian-American scholar Trita Parsi talks about important changes occurring beneath the surface in the central Asian country.
In preparation for China's Ice and Snow World, a snow-making machine covers a sculpture with artificial snow in Harbin, China on January 4, 2014. (Goh Chai Hin/AFP/Getty Images)
As the Year of the Horse approaches at a gallop, we take a look to see how our friends across East Asia are ushering in a new year of prosperity and hope.
Students gleefully bike down a dirt road as they bike home from school on Fish Island, Cambodia on January 14, 2014. (Maciej Hrynczyszyn/ Flickr)
Ornately carved masks decorate a restaurant in Cavite, Philippines on December 26, 2013. (Roberto Verzo/ Flickr)
Dubbed "The Door to Hell," a natural gas field provides constant fuel for flames in Derweze, Turkmenistan ON December 27, 2013. (gafa kassim/ Flickr)
A storefront with an abundant selection of light fixtures shines brightly in Hanoi, Vietnam. (Tiffany Wan/ Flickr)
Yellow arches span the sky as a train thunders by in the background in Asan, South Korea on December 31, 2013. (Sang yun Lee/ Flickr)
A worker laboriously harvests salt from the salt ponds near Kampot, Cambodia on January 14, 2014. (Maciej Hrynczyszyn/ Flickr)
Sun Yunfan and Leah Thompson use up-to-the-minute technology to document the changes facing a traditional Chinese village in an era of urbanization and globalization.
A heavy mist rolls over the cold beauty of rock formations in San Joaquin, Iloilo, Philippines on January 2, 2014. (Eduardo S. Seastres)