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Author Dennys, Christian

Title Moving toward transition : a survey of opinion leaders in Southern Afghanistan as the United States begins its drawdown / Christian Dennys and the Peace Training and Research Organization
Published Washington, DC : New America Foundation, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (19 pages) : map (digital, PDF file)
Summary This report presents the findings from a joint public opinion survey in southern Afghanistan. The research carried out in Kandahar and Helmand in March 2011 indicates that the impending transition of ISAF forces from a combat to non-combatant training role after 2014 will reveal that neither the Afghan government nor insurgency can claim to have won solid support from the population. And most respondents feel that the transition of ISAF forces will unleash a number of competing tensions in Afghan society and governance which need to be acknowledged and addressed for the population to gradually feel secure and engaged by their political leaders. The survey confirms that there is general resentment among the respondents to all foreign actors believed to be interfering in Afghanistan's affairs. Respondents are also deeply critical of neighboring states and global jihadists, who they perceive as major belligerents in the conflict. The criticism of foreign actors does not, however, lead to substantial support for the Afghan state, even in urban areas, because of unresolved governance issues. Chief among these is the threat that the state itself has posed, and will continue to pose, to its citizens because of intimidation, arbitrary detention, bribery and corruption. Equally, respondents are not particularly supportive of the Taliban. The respondents' concerns focus on securing a stable governance arrangement where they are not threatened, are able to earn a living, and can live their lives in relative peace
Analysis respondents Afghan Kandahar Helmand government Taliban 'United States'
Notes October 2011
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 15-18)
Notes Mode of access: World Wide Web
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Subject Taliban -- Public opinion
Afghan War (2001-)
Afghan War, 2001- -- Demobilization -- Public opinion
Politics and government -- Public opinion.
Public opinion.
Afghanistan -- Politics and government -- Public opinion
Form Electronic book
Author New America Foundation
Peace Training and Research Organization