Mir-i Arab madrasah in the older part of Bukhara.

Uzbekistan

No country in Central Asia seems to have it so good, yet at the same time have it so bad, as Uzbekistan. The region’s cradle of culture for more than two millennia, it is the proud home to a spellbinding arsenal of architecture and artefacts, all deeply infused with the raw, fascinating history of the country. But as students of that history know, it’s also sprung a few bad apples over the years. The repressive policies of the Karimov Government of suppressing his political opponents and the constant use of child labor in the cotton industry have raised much dispute about the country.