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The Alliance in Support of the Afghan People (ASAP) is a coalition dedicated to advancing efforts to support a stable and sustainable Afghanistan that never again becomes a sanctuary for terrorism.
We support Afghan aspirations for peace, security, political and economic development, social justice, and a self-reliant Afghanistan integrated in the international political and economic community.
Since 2001, the Afghan people with international support have made progress towards building a new society that is more prosperous and democratic, where women and men are more educated and in better health, and where Afghans are the ones fighting to keep their country secure and not a source of terrorist attacks. This is ultimately the progress that will make the United States and its allies and partners more secure from threats originating in the region.
Continued support for the Afghan people will allow them to continue to make  progress towards an Afghanistan that is a place of hope and growth, not violence and despair.  
Today, despite formidable obstacles, a critical opportunity exists to protect, sustain and advance the progress and investments the people of Afghanistan and the United States have made since 2001.  
ASAP's Values


Respect for the political and social rights of women and youth and other vulnerable groups.


A peace process that addresses the causes of conflicts, fully involves all Afghans, and reinforces positive changes since 2001.

Credible Elections

Credible elections that produce a result acceptable to the Afghan people.
Continued US and international assistance that empowers the new generation of Afghan men and women and makes assistance more accountable and effective, through:


Adherence to transparency and anti-corruption commitments by both the Afghan Government and International donors;


Lean investment directly to Afghan institutions;


Acceleration of political and economic reforms;


Efforts to increase Afghan revenues to make Afghanistan self-supporting by 2030;


Security partnership with Afghan forces in their fight on the frontlines of terrorism.


In FT Op-ed, ASAP's Pforzheimer calls for greater engagement with Afghanistan
Financial Times
August 14, 2022
One year after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, Annie Pforzheimer writes: "We must remain engaged with, if not in, Afghanistan. That requires facing up to our painful role in enabling last year’s traumatic turn of events. That history is something Americans want to forget, and the Taliban’s active repression of media and human rights defenders make it hard for even the closest observers to see the full extent of their iron rule. ."
ASAP joins coalition calling for UN Security Council ban on Taliban travel
August 8, 2022
Rights organizations urged that "reinstating the ban will demonstrate that there are some consequences of Taliban deprivation of human rights for the Afghan people... [R]efusal to reimpose the travel ban would signal acceptance of Taliban excesses and links to terrorism, discrediting the UN’s role and the international community’s commitment to human rights and a stable outcome in Afghanistan."
Annie Pforzheimer in The Hill: The UN, with US leadership, must reimpose the Taliban travel ban
The Hill
May 13, 2022
If there ever had been a reasonable rationale for waiving the travel ban, it’s hard to imagine what the argument is today, more than a half year since the Taliban captured Kabul and reimposed its violent and repressive will on tens of millions of Afghans.
ASAP: We should be outraged and worried about Taliban denial of secondary schools for Afghan girls
March 23, 2022
Today, the first day of Afghanistan’s new school year, the Taliban announced their decision not to reopen schools for girls of secondary school age and older (sixth grade and up). We are of course outraged and worried about the fate of Afghan girls, who, like every human being on the planet deserve the opportunity to tap their full potential through learning. But, sadly, we are not surprised, and no one should be.
ASAP urges a stronger and broader new mandate for the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan
March 14, 2022
The mandate of the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) is currently too weak for the monumental challenge of the moment and needs to be strengthened when it comes up for renewal on March 17, 2022. Here's how.
New ASAP video: Help Afghan women fight for their basic human rights
February 28, 2022
In a new video, ASAP says: Many Afghan women are risking their lives and freedom to speak out against Taliban repression. They're using their voices to fight for their basic human rights and for agency over their own lives. We must step up and support them. Click "read more" below to watch the video.
ASAP deplores continued Taliban repression against dissent and free media in Afghanistan
February 14, 2022
If anyone still believes that the Taliban have somehow transformed themselves into a group that respects human rights, political freedom and fundamental decency, the group’s recent abductions of women’s rights activists, journalists and aid workers in Afghanistan should dispel that illusion.
Pforzheimer Op-Ed: The US can help suffering Afghans without empowering the Taliban
The Hill
February 1, 2022
Given Afghanistan's crisis, it's understandable that some would argue for releasing frozen assets to the country. But such short-term solutions could empower the Taliban and spawn longer-term, intractable problems.
ASAP fact sheet on Afghanistan’s humanitarian and financial crisis
January 28, 2022
A summary of the creative and practical ways to provide financing for the dire humanitarian and development needs in Afghanistan without the empowerment of the Taliban. Early experiments show promise but must be scaled to meet the extent of the need in Afghanistan.
ASAP letter to Pelosi, Schumer applauds Congressional commission on Afghanistan
January 10, 2022
Calls on Congress to choose commissioners well versed in international peacebuilding and committed to ensuring the U.S. government applies all relevant lessons from the last 20 years in Afghanistan in order to inform U.S. engagement there and elsewhere in the future.