Dubbed "The Door to Hell," a natural gas field provides constant fuel for flames in Derweze, Turkmenistan ON December 27, 2013. (gafa kassim/ Flickr)
China's economic agreements and aggressive marketing of itself should not be seen as a threat to America, writes a former U.S. State Department official, but a challenge.
"I would have never felt the need to do the work if I already had the answers," says photographer Carolyn Drake, who spent six years documenting Central Asia's borders, geography, ethnicities, and tumultuous history.
In the future, competition for energy reserves in Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan will be between Russia and China, with time being on Beijing's side.
New Zealand photographer Amos Chapple, whose photo was selected as an editor's choice in the National Geographic Photo Contest, discusses his experiences photographing all over the world.
Beautifully smooth tarmac and well-kept buildings line the deserted streets Ashgabat, Turkmenistan on January 16, 2013. (Neil Melville-Kenney/Flickr)
A professional rider reins in his horse in Krasnovodsk, Turkmenistan on October 29, 2012. (Kerri-Jo/Flickr)
A woman sells grain in a bazaar in Ashkhabad, Turkmenistan on October 30, 2011. (Kerri-Jo/Flickr)
Kyrgyzstan’s open-air markets, claims photographer Sue Anne Tay, are the truest reflection of its culture, cuisine and social dynamics.