In this episode of Asia Abridged, Iranian-American scholar Trita Parsi talks about important changes occurring beneath the surface in the central Asian country.
Hikers walk up the Biafo glacier towards Snow Lake in the northern part of the country.
On a clear morning, a woman takes her cows to the field for grazing in Tây Nguyên, Vietnam on October 23, 2015. (Ratclima/Flickr)
The sky is streaked in shades of gold and blue during sunset over Angkor Wat, Cambodia on October 8, 2015. (Philip Lai/Flickr)
A potter hard at work painting a long row of religious statues made of clay in Kolkata, India on October 10, 2015. (@DaskBlogs/Flickr)
The sun peeks through tall buildings clustered around the water in Shanghai, China on October 3, 2015. (機智的阿卡林醬/ Flickr)
A group of visitors to a mosque photographed from above in Nepal on August 10, 2015. (umutrehberi/Flickr)
A horse rider gallops across the banks of Song Köl Lake, Kyrgyzstan on September 13, 2015. (Alex Keshavjee/Flickr)
High Island Reservoir in Hong Kong is lit up in a purple glow under the setting sun on September 6, 2015. (johnlsl/Flickr)