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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.


ASAP unveils video ad urging U.S. policy makers to remain engaged in Afghanistan after the fall to Taliban
August 17, 2021
Its theme: "We are responsible."
ASAP responds to President Biden's remarks on Afghanistan
August 16, 2021
There is still time to save those who worked and fought alongside us and keep some faith with people who trusted us. We should focus now on that urgent task.
ASAP calls on Congress to press for urgent action against growing crisis in Afghanistan
August 13, 2021
As the Taliban force a growing crisis in Afghanistan, ASAP sent an urgent request to congressional leaders to act. Here's what we're calling for.
ASAP's Kagan on the decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan.
New York Times
August 12, 2021
Frederick Kagan, a member of ASAP's steering committee, writes in the New York Times: "Biden could have stopped the Taliban. He chose not to."
In Guardian interview, Kagan raises concerns about escalated Taliban threats
The Guardian
August 12, 2021
Frederick Kagan of the ASAP steering committee says, “The president announced the order to withdraw right at the start of fighting season. That was unnecessary. The president could perfectly well have ordered withdrawal to occur after the completion of the major fighting this year, and allowed the Afghans to continue to have the support that they had expected and prepare themselves for a world without US support.”
ASAP's Pforzheimer discusses the growing Afghan crisis on PBS NewsHour
PBS NewsHour
August 9, 2021
Annie Pforzheimer: "I think that the U.S. government bears some part of the responsibility for how this has unfolded. And I think that we have options, short of war, that we still need to take."
In NPR interview, Pforzheimer urges vigilance against Taliban advances
August 7, 2021
ASAP's Annie Pforzheimer tells NPR, "[W]hether we have U.S. troops on the ground or not, this is still a policy imperative to prevent Afghanistan from becoming a failed state with all that that will entail for the people inside the country and the region."
ASAP Statement on Post-Withdrawal U.S. Engagement with Afghanistan
July 7, 2021
Much as many Americans would like to disengage completely from Afghanistan, the U.S. cannot – and, for moral and strategic reasons, should not -- close the book on that country. The U.S. has a responsibility to remain involved and to mitigate the potentially disastrous impacts of this transition because it is removing a critical check on violence in Afghanistan, in contravention of its own stated policies to prevent atrocities and state instability.
On NPR, ASAP’s Pforzheimer analyzes remaining security threats in Afghanistan
May 11, 2021
In a May 10 interview on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” Annie Pforzheimer drew on her experience as the former Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul to paint a picture of how the Taliban and allies such as the Islamic State and al-Qaeda will likely remain a threat to Afghanistan’s security, especially in the wake of withdrawal of U.S. troops by September 11 of this year.
ASAP’s Annie Pforzheimer in Politico: U.S. should the little remaining leverage over Taliban
May 10, 2021
Annie Pforzheimer, a retired career diplomat who served in Afghanistan and a member of the steering committee of the Alliance in Support of the Afghan People, writes in Politico that the U.S. decision to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by September surrenders most of the leverage we had over the insurgent Taliban. But, she writes, “there’s still some left to help prevent disaster.”