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Addressing the Critical Issues Facing Asia - 60 Years


Afghan citizens defied security threats and turned out in millions to vote in this year’s elections leading to the country’s first democratic transition from one elected president to another. Against this backdrop, two-thirds of Afghans surveyed say the recent elections will improve their daily lives, in spite of continuing concerns over insecurity, corruption, and unemployment. On November 18, The Asia Foundation released these and other findings in Kabul, Afghanistan, and Washington, D.C. In June and July 2014, 9,271 Afghan citizens from all 34 provinces were interviewed face-to-face, following the June presidential runoff election. Read last week’s In Asia blog for analysis on the new Ghani administration and women’s roles in Afghanistan’s economy, the country’s youth bulge leading to new narratives for the future, and why Afghanistan is not Iraq.



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