Current Researches

Status:  Ongoing

Project Background and justification

In March 2016, the Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies (AISS) released the result of its first nationwide public survey on Afghans’ perception of peace with the Taliban. The survey was one of the first such a research to investigate both policy/opinion-makers and ordinary citizens’ view of different aspects of negotiation with the Taliban. The findings of the survey were widely covered by the national media. More importantly, the Afghan government and the High Peace Council took special interest in the findings and the recommendations.

The AISS aims to conduct another nationwide survey to investigate both the enduring and new features of the Afghan peace process. This includes the impact of new variables such as the death of the two leaders of the Taliban, the peace agreement with Gulbadin Hekmatiar, new US Strategy, new regional dynamics and the rise of Daesh/IS.

Project Goal and Objectives


  1. Analyzing the progress of the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban
  2.  Analyzing the public perception towards the peace process in Afghanistan
  3. Analyzing the level of public engagement in the peace process


  1. Examining the general perception of the people towards the peace process in Afghanistan
  2. Examining the main obstacles of the peace process with the Taliban
  3. Examining the implication of new US strategy toward the peace talks with the Taliban
  4. Examining the level of public engagement in the peace process

Project Outcome and results

  1.  Recognizing the challenges and problems in current peace process
  2. Presenting practical solutions for reviewing and reforming the peace talks
  3.  Presenting a perspective to the ongoing trends with regard to the peace talks between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban.

Beneficiaries and Stakeholders

Beneficiaries of this project can be categorized in two parts:

  1. Specific beneficiaries: the results and findings of this survey can be used by government of Afghanistan, especially High Peace Council. Taking the fact that the US administration has renewed its strategy toward Afghanistan, the findings of this research project will be useful to the US officials as well. The Taliban and other militant groups inside Afghanistan also are considered as beneficiaries.
  2. General beneficiaries: the ordinary citizens of the country are all among the general beneficiaries of this project.


This research project will be carried out through conducting general survey across 30 provinces of Afghanistan. The data will be analyzed through quantitative methods.