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Afghanistan in 2017: A Survey of the Afghan People

Chatham House, London

Participants

Abdullah Ahmadzai, Country Representative, Afghanistan, The Asia Foundation
Tabasum Akseer, Director of Survey and Research, Afghanistan, The Asia Foundation
Chair: Hameed Hakimi, Research Associate, Asia Programme and Europe Programme, Chatham House

Overview

The recent escalation of attacks in Kabul underscores the crucial questions of security, economic stability and reconciliation that still confront President Ashraf Ghani.  Fears about security and the economy affect attitudes about the future of the country, and a large majority of Afghans have indicated they would likely leave the country if they were afforded the opportunity. However, at the same time, the number of Afghans who say the country is moving in the right direction has increased and optimism has risen slightly, reversing a decade-long downward trajectory in the national mood.

During this event, the speakers will respond to the findings of the Survey of the Afghan People: the longest-running and broadest nationwide survey of Afghan attitudes and opinions. Since 2004, the survey has gathered the opinions of more than 97,000 Afghan men and women, providing a unique longitudinal portrait of evolving public perceptions of security, the economy, governance and government services, elections, the media, women’s issues, and migration. How and why has the national mood in Afghanistan changed? And what might this indicate for the long-term prospects for the country’s future?