Foreign Policy

Afghanistan Index

Tracking Progress and Security in Post-9/11 Afghanistan

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The Afghanistan Index is a statistical compilation of economic, public opinion and security data. This resource will provide updated and historical information on various data, including crime, infrastructure, casualties, unemployment, Afghan security forces and coalition troop strength. It will be updated every two weeks.

The index is designed to assemble the best possible quantitative indicators of the international community’s counterinsurgency and nation-building efforts in Afghanistan, to track them over time, and to offer an objective set of criteria for benchmarking performance. It serves as an in-depth, non-partisan assessment of American and international efforts in Afghanistan, and is based primarily on U.S. government, Afghan government and NATO data. Although measurements of progress in any nation-building effort can never be reduced to purely quantitative data, a comprehensive compilation of such information can provide a clearer picture and contribute to a healthier and better informed debate.

Ian S. Livingston and Michael O'Hanlon spearhead the Afghanistan Index project at Brookings under the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence in the Foreign Policy program. Ian Livingston is a senior research assistant in Foreign Policy at Brookings. Michael O'Hanlon is a senior fellow with the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence and director of research in Foreign Policy.

For progress and security statistics on Iraq and Pakistan, see the Iraq Index and Pakistan Index.


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February 23, 2005