The past year has been marked by great uncertainty for the people of Afghanistan. Continued attacks, record-high levels of civilian deaths, and the repeated postponement of presidential elections have taken a toll on Afghan society. Meanwhile, unprecedented talks between the U.S. and Taliban inspired both hope and fear before they broke down in September. With confidence in a peace process still tempered by concerns over an abrupt U.S. withdrawal and the implications for Afghan women, the importance of comprehensive, reliable data on the views of Afghan citizens cannot be overstated.

USIP hosted The Asia Foundation for the launch of their 15th Survey of the Afghan People. First commissioned in 2004, the annual survey provides an unmatched barometer of Afghan public opinion over time and serves as a unique resource for policymakers, the international community, the Afghan government, and the broader public in Afghanistan. This year’s survey added new questions to further explore Afghan attitudes toward the peace process, elections, and the prospects for reconciliation.

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.

Join the conversation on Twitter with #AfghanSurvey.


Nancy Lindborg, opening remarks
President and CEO, U.S. Institute of Peace

David D. Arnold, opening remarks
President and Chief Executive Officer, The Asia Foundation 

Abdullah Ahmadzai
Country Director, Afghanistan, The Asia Foundation

Tabasum Akseer
Director of Policy and Research in Afghanistan, The Asia Foundation

Amb. Daniel Feldman
Asia Foundation Trustee, Senior of Counsel, Covington & Burling; Former U.S Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan

Scott Worden, moderator
Director, Afghanistan and Central Asia Programs, U.S Institute of Peace 

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