Costs of War

Costs of War

To analyze the implications of the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan since 2001 in terms of human casualties, economic costs, and civil liberties.

A nonpartisan initiative based at Brown University's , the aims to provide a broad outline of the domestic and international costs and consequences of the U.S. wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan since the 9/11 attacks. Launched in 2011, the site publishes reports and provides updated data and analysis on the human, economic, and social and political costs of the wars, compiled and updated by economists, anthropologists, lawyers, humanitarian personnel, and political scientists at universities around the world.

Outstanding Web Features:
Visitors to the site can check the latest figures on , opposition forces, , contractors, humanitarian aid workers, and journalists who have been or wounded; learn about the impact on ; or explore key findings about the millions of internally displaced persons and who have had to flee the fighting. Visitors also can access a breakdown of $4.4 trillion in , including money allocated to and the , , and budgets, as well as read about the effects on the U.S. economy, including , the of military spending, and spending on . The site also explores the social costs of the wars, such as the erosion of human rights and civil liberties; ; and costs to in Iraq and the U.S. In addition, visitors can download academic papers about each topic or browse for increasing transparency around the wars.

Project Director: Catherine Lutz
Main Office:
c/o Watson Institute for International Studies
111 Thayer Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02912
Tel: (401) 863-2779
Organization: brown university
Location: Afghanistan; Iraq; National; Pakistan


November 20, 2018