Social science research and field work in Afghanistan

Rafiq Ullah Kakar, of Opinion Research Center of Afghanistan, outlines the myriad challenges faced in conducting good quality research in Afghanistan - a vast and insecure country.

Social science research and field work in Afghanistan

Rafiq Ullah KakarOpinion Research Center of Afghanistan (ORCA), Afghanistan

Introduction

Afghanistan has faced continuous conflict, occupation and civil war since 1979. The resulting violence and aftermath of the conflict have deeply affected the socio-political dynamics of the country. This paper tries to understand the meaning and natu