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Costs of War

Resources for Teaching the Post-9/11 Wars

Costs of War Project research supports an interdisciplinary approach to teaching on the post-9/11 wars, so this community is open to instructors, students, and researchers from all fields. Do you have a resource that should be included on this page and shared with the Costs of War's community of students and instructors? Submit resource details here.

Resource Spotlight:

Costs of War Lesson, Choices Program - videos and class resources to teach the costs of war. From the Choices Program at Brown University. Also includes lesson plans, activities, and readings.


Budgetary Costs of Post-9/11 Wars - infographic displaying the breakdown of the budgetary costs to date of the wars since 2001.

Interactive Map and Other Infographics - USA Today feature on geographic reach of post-9/11 wars, drawing on Costs of War data.

Displacement Map - infographic tracks global numbers and movements of post-9/11 war refugees.

National Priorities Project: Military and Security - data, blog posts, and resources about military and security in the U.S.

Costs of National Security - ticker displays a continuous update of how much the post-9/11 wars have cost since 2001 and what else the money could have gone to.

"Costs of War" (2011) - co-founders Catherine Lutz and Neta Crawford discuss the monetary and human costs of post-9/11 wars, 10 years in.

Map of U.S Military Bases in the Middle East - map by Zoltán Grossman showing the relationship between oil fields, pipeline plans, and U.S. military bases in the Middle East over time.

"10 Ways to Teach About 9/11 with the New York Times" - Ideas and resources for helping students think about how the Sept. 11 attacks have changed our nation and world, 20 years after the fact. 

"After 20 Years, Measuring the True Costs of America’s Post-9/11 Wars" Podcast - Costs of War Co-Director Stephanie Savell and contributor David Vine are featured in this episode of the Watson Institute's Trending Globally: Politics and Policy. 


Anthropology of Militarism Course Syllabus - Public Anthropology Clinic materials from Dr. David Vine of American University.

International Affairs Course Syllabus - Costs of War course materials from Dr. Catherine Lutz of Brown University.

Understanding War, Building Peace Course Syllabus - Anthropology course materials from Dr. David Vine of American University.

Understanding War, Building Peace: U.S. Military Bases Overseas Syllabus - Anthropology course materials from Dr. David Vine of American University.

Reading List Related to the Post-9/11 Wars - collection of reading materials about and related to the post-9/11 wars.


Costs of War Overview Slides - essential facts and discussion questions to review Costs of War work in class.

Costs of War Course Slides - course overview and important topics of class study.

Costs of War Glossary - definitions of important terms used in Costs of War work.


Costs of War Classroom Activity - 30-45 minute small group activity for students to explore Costs of War research and present their findings to the class.

Introductory Costs of War Discussion Questions - basic questions for small group or large class discussion.

Advanced Discussion Questions - higher-level questions for small group or large class discussion.

Engaged Learning Activities - examples of class activities, such as analyzing poetry and writing letters to members of Congress.


Costs of War Papers - research from Costs of War Project scholars.

U.S. Foreign Policy History & Resource Guide - essays on Peace History that aim to provide a more accurate portrayal of U.S. foreign policy and the ramifications of intervention in the global south.


Accountability for Killing: Moral Responsibility for Collateral Damage in America's Post-9/11 Wars

Militarization: A Reader

The United States of War: A Global History of America's Endless Conflict, From Columbus to the Islamic State

War and Health: The Medical Costs of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan