Rina Amiri, an ASAP steering committee member and former UN and U.S. diplomat and currently a Senior Fellow at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs, today published in Foreign Affairs Magazine her reflections on how best to protect the rights of Afghan girls and women.

“The Biden administration must make sure that those words are more than empty rhetoric,” she writes. “The United States might be closing the military chapter of its relationship with Afghanistan, but it cannot close the book altogether — especially after helping Afghan women and youth to connect with the world and internalize the value of democracy and the possibility of choosing their future.”

To view the full article, click here.

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On April 14, 2021, Judy Woodruff spoke about the U.S. decision to withdraw forces from Afghanistan and turned to ASAP’s Annie Pforzheimer, former acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Afghanistan until 2019, and David Sedney, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia during the Obama administration.

To view the interview, click here.

The program also featured Retired Lt. Gen. Doug Lute, who served in both the George W. Bush and Obama administrations focusing on Afghanistan.

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In a letter today to the Washington Post, ASAP steering committee member Annie Pforzheimer writes: “It’s obvious to all that, in violation of an agreement with the United States a year ago, the Taliban has been responsible since then for thousands of civilian and Afghan military killings, obstructing the progress of intra-Afghan peace talks, allowing terror groups such as al-Qaeda to remain in the country and returning its comrades to the battlefield after their negotiated release by the Afghan government.”

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