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The Asia Foundation Release Analytical Volume to the Largest Public Opinion Survey Ever Conducted in Afghanistan

Kabul and San Francisco, April 10, 2007 — The Asia Foundation Release Analytical Volume to the Largest Public Opinion Survey Ever Conducted in Afghanistan

Today, The Asia Foundation released “State Building, Political Progress, and Human Security in Afghanistan: Reflections on a Survey of the Afghan People,” the companion, analytical volume to the largest public opinion poll ever conducted in Afghanistan, which was released in November 2006.

The companion volume examines five areas of intense, current interest in Afghanistan, and describes how Afghans view their personal situation, democratic values, trust in formal and informal institutions, political progress, human security, and women’s advancement. By combining analysis of national and sub-national Afghan opinions with broader contextual interpretations, these chapters provide a holistic appraisal of change in the underlying sociopolitical realities and history of Afghanistan.

A copy of the analytical volume, and the 2006 survey report on which it is based, is available for download, by clicking here (PDF file, 8MB).

The five substantive chapters in the volume contain analytical commentaries written by outside contributors, including:

  • CAPS, the Centre for Conflict and Peace Studies, an independent research center, in Kabul.
  • Russell J. Dalton, Professor of Political Science at the University of California, in Irvine.
  • Sanjay Kumar, Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), in New Delhi.
  • Praveen Rai, Project Manager at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), in New Delhi.
  • Sanjay Ruparelia, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the New School for Social Research, in New York.
  • Their views do not reflect those of The Asia Foundation or the United States Agency for International Development, who funded both this volume and the 2006 public opinion poll.

“One of the achievements of contemporary Afghanistan is to have given voice to its citizens,” said George Varughese, The Asia Foundation’s Deputy Country Representative to Afghanistan and director of the survey and analysis. “This volume seeks to initiate discourse on public opinion in Afghanistan by providing a citizen perspective on the changes that are transforming Afghan society and politics.”

The Foundation will follow on the 2006 poll with two more annual polls, in the fall of 2007 and 2008, in order to consistently gauge changing public opinion in Afghanistan.

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