Washington, DC Public Program: The Asia Foundation’s 2019 Survey of the Afghan People

Event: Tuesday, December 3, 2019, Washington, DC

10:00 – 11:30 AM EST
Washington, DC

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The past year has been marked by great uncertainty for the people of Afghanistan. Rounds of negotiations conducted between the U.S. and the Taliban—amid continued attacks, record high levels of civilian deaths, and the repeated postponement of presidential elections—inspired both hope and fear among Afghans. Confidence in a peace process is tempered by concerns over an abrupt U.S. withdrawal and the implications for Afghan women. In this context, The Asia Foundation conducted its 15th annual Survey of the Afghan People from mid-July to early August 2019. Reflecting the importance of the peace process, elections, and prospects for reconciliation, new questions were added to this year’s survey questionnaire to further explore Afghan attitudes towards these crucial issues. As prospects for a sustainable political settlement remain unclear, the importance of comprehensive, reliable data on the views of Afghan citizens cannot be overstated.

Please join The Asia Foundation and the U.S. Institute of Peace on Tuesday, December 3, for a presentation on the key findings of the Foundation’s 2019 Survey, and a panel discussion on the trends and shifts in the data from past years.

The annual survey is based on face-to-face interviews with a nationally representative sample of 17,812 citizens across all 34 Afghan provinces. The results reveal citizens’ views on a wide range of key issues, including security, the economy, corruption, justice, reconciliation with the Taliban, access to media, the role of women, governance and political participation. First commissioned in 2004, the survey provides an unmatched barometer of Afghan public opinion over time and serves as a unique resource for policymakers and the international community, the Afghan government, and the broader public in Afghanistan.

Join the conversation about the survey on Twitter with #AfghanSurvey. To register for the event please contact dc.events@asiafoundation.org.

Opening Remarks
David D. Arnold, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Asia Foundation
Nancy Lindborg, President and Chief Executive Officer, United States Institute of Peace

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 Senior Counsel, Covington & Burling

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

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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