Sayed Masood Sadat


2018 Survey of the Afghan People Release in Kabul and Washington, DC on December 4

December 5, 2018

The longest-running barometer of Afghan opinion, the Survey of the Afghan People is a map of social change over time, presenting a clear picture of the gains and gaps that Afghans perceive in a rapidly transforming nation. Now on its fourteenth edition, the Survey has gathered the views of more than 112,000 Afghans since 2004 on… Read more


More than Uncertainty Drives Afghan Migrants to the West

November 15, 2017


Despite the danger that migrants face leaving Afghanistan, and the campaigns to keep them from fleeing, the desire to migrate has increased considerably—from 29.6 percent in 2016 to 38.8 percent in 2017, according to The Asia Foundation’s new Survey of the Afghan People. While in 2016 trends pointed to uncertainty as the overriding factor that drov… Read more


Life Under Armed Opposition Groups in Afghanistan

November 15, 2017


While Afghanistan has made progress in the past three decades toward achieving democracy and stability, this progress is stunted by the presence and destruction brought on by rebel groups, or armed opposition groups (AOGs). In fact, despite the progress made in key areas, such as the economy, human rights, and women’s rights, the destruction brough… Read more

Afghan refugees 

Uncertainty Drives Afghan Migrants to the West

May 3, 2017


After Syrians, Afghans form the largest group of refugees in the European Union (EU), with over 360,000 asylum applications lodged in 2015 and 2016, according to official EU figures. Afghan migrants risk their lives during the months-long journey to reach Europe, which crosses thousands of kilometers in the Middle East and the Balkans. To embark on… Read more


What Factors Drive Child Marriage in Afghanistan?

March 22, 2017


Afghanistan is considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world to be a woman. Contributing factors include different forms of gender-based violence, poor education, limited access to healthcare, and not being allowed outside the home. Sadly, many Afghan women also face forced child marriage—despite it being illegal. According to the Sur… Read more