The Costs of War

The war on terror is nearly 10 years old. At this milestone, what sort of human, social, economic, and political costs has it incurred? Up to 225,000 lives have been lost and the wars will cost Americans between $3.2 and $4 trillion. But the story doesn't end there. The Costs of War is a special report prepared by the Watson Institute's Eisenhower Research Project, a non-partisan, non-profit initiative, and is available in full at http://costsofwar.org. This conversation is about the report's findings and beyond.

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    The Editors | October 7th, 2011
    The terrible toll of a decade of war in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan: "It's very tough to talk about, but we have to." In this video, Costs of War project co-director Neta Crawford talks in detail about the costs in blood and treasure that people...
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    The Editors | September 11th, 2011
    "There is an immense and urgent requirement to learn from the experience of the past decade."   costsofwar.org
  • Eric Johnson | July 27th, 2011
    It's been nearly a month since the Eisenhower Research Project released the Costs of War! The response from the public has been great--thousands of readers have shown us how much they care about what we've lost in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan,...
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    The Editors | July 21st, 2011
    Watch researchers from the multi-university Costs of War project describe the human and financial toll of America's past decade in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan. Then visit costsofwar.org, where project findings are summarized for easy...
  • Eric Johnson | June 30th, 2011
    One-hundred eight people (at minimum) died in detention in the first four years of the war on terror. And according to the Costs of War research team, at least 80 more have died since then. As you might expect, "US disregard for international law in...
  • Eric Johnson | June 29th, 2011
    The Costs of War has been in the wild for fewer than 24 hours, but it's already the subject of much attention online. Above is the video report from Reuters--click here to read the accompanying written article. However, Reuters is hardly the...
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    Eric Johnson | June 29th, 2011
    Who was Rakan Hassan? Who would he have been? He was just 14 when he was killed in Iraq in June 2008, and while the loss of anyone so young is always tragic, Rakan was just one of at least 137,000 civilians who have died as a result of the past 10...
  • Iraq war memorial in Santa Monica, CA; by Kevin Dooley, CC BY 2.0
    Eric Johnson | June 29th, 2011
    The costs of the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan are estimated at 225,000 lives and up to $4 trillion in U.S. spending in a new report by scholars with the Eisenhower Research Project at Brown University's Watson Institute for...
  • Eric Johnson | June 27th, 2011
    The Costs of War debuts Wednesday, June 29 at 1 AM EST. And now there’s a Facebook event so you can show others you’re attending. Please share this link widely—the more people who learn about this project the better: http://www.facebook....
  • The White House, image by Flickr user dcJohn - CC BY 2.0
    Eric Johnson | June 22nd, 2011
    President Obama is expected to announce tonight at 8:00 EDT that he will withdraw 10,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year, and an additional 23,000 by the end of next summer. Although it's tempting to think of this as merely a...
  • Iraq war memorial in Boston, MA; photo by Ewan McIntosh, CC BY-NC 2.0
    Eric Johnson | June 20th, 2011
    October will mark the 10-year anniversary of the start of the US war in Afghanistan, followed by the war in Iraq and now Pakistan - events that have changed our world. The Costs of War is a forthcoming project that seeks to measure and analyze those...