Washington, DC Public Program: The Asia Foundation’s 2018 Survey of the Afghan People

Event: Tuesday, December 4, 2018, Washington, DC

10:00 am – 11:30 am

U.S. Institute of Peace
2301 Constitution Ave, NW
Washington, DC

Voices of the Afghan People
The Asia Foundation releases its 14th annual public perception survey

Afghanistan is at an important moment in its history. Despite a persistent insurgency that continues to control and destabilize roughly half of the country, high levels of voter enthusiasm in the recent parliamentary elections demonstrated that the people of Afghanistan remain invested in the future of their democracy. Amid a renewed focus on political reconciliation and the upcoming presidential elections in April, citizens face important choices about Afghanistan’s future stability and prosperity.

These and other pressing issues facing Afghanistan are the subject of The Asia Foundation’s 2018 Survey of the Afghan People. Please join The Asia Foundation and the U.S. Institute of Peace on Tuesday, December 4, for a presentation on the key findings, and a panel discussion on the trends and shifts in the views of Afghan citizens from past years.

The annual survey is based on face-to-face interviews with a nationally representative sample of more than 15,000 citizens across all 34 Afghan provinces. The results reveal citizens’ views on a wide range of crucial issues, including security, the economy, corruption, justice, youth issues, reconciliation with the Taliban, access to media, the role of women, governance and political participation. This year’s survey also includes new questions related to local security, access to government services, and elections.

First commissioned in 2004, the survey provides an unmatched barometer of Afghan public opinion over time and a unique resource for policymakers and the international community, the Afghan government, and the broader public in Afghanistan.

Tabasum Akseer, Director of Policy & Research in Afghanistan
Abdullah Ahmadzai, Country Representative in Afghanistan
Amb. Daniel F. Feldman, former Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP) at the U.S. Department of State; Asia Foundation Trustee; and Partner, Akin Gump

Scott Worden, Director, Afghanistan and Central Asia Programs, United States Institute of Peace

Please note: registration and photo IDs are required for attendance. Click to RSVP. 

Join the conversation about the survey on Twitter: #AfghanSurvey. 

The Asia Foundation thanks the United States Agency for International Development and the Australian Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade for their support for this survey and for Afghan research capacity. This event is co-sponsored with the United States Institute of Peace.

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