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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.

Table of Contents
Resource Spotlight
Multimedia (Videos, Infographics)
Reading List
Slides & Presentation Templates

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. 

Empire of the United States of America Coloring Map - Interactive Coloring Map created by Professor David Vine using Costs of War Data.

The United States of War - A map displaying the U.S. Wars, U.S. Combat Actions, and U.S. Military Bases from 2001-2021, created using Costs of War data.

How does war damage the environment? - A blog summarizing the main ways that war and militarism harm the environment, written by the Conflict and Environment Observatory.

The Global Nonviolent Action Database -  A project of Swarthmore College, this Database catalogues 200+ methods used in cases of nonviolent struggle, based on the work of Gene Sharp. 

Beyond the War Paradigm Infographic - from contributor Jennifer Walkup Jayes' paper, this infographic separates state-led models of counterterrorism into the categories of “coercive,” “proactive,” “persuasive,” “defensive,” and “long-term.”


After 20 Years, Measuring the True Costs of America’s Post-9/11 Wars - 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.

For the U.S. Military, Fossil Fuel is the 'Lifeblood'. Here's What that Means for the Planet. - Costs of War Co-Founder Neta Crawford is featured in this episode of the Watson Institute's Trending Globally: Politics and Policy. 

The Cost of 9/11 - Costs of War Co-Director Stephanie Savell is featured on this episode of Vox Media's podcast, Today, Explained.


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.

Teaching Beyond September 11th - A multimodal curriculum for high school and college educators and students about the ongoing global impact of 9/11, focusing on the years 2001-2021. Produced by the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.

Teaching on Peacebuilding - Professor Séverine Autesserre's resources, classes, and helpful tips and advice.

War and the Asian Diaspora - International Studies course from Dr. Natassja B. Gunasena, Professor at Trinity College, examining how militarized conflict intersects with gender and sexuality to shape the politics and experiences of Asians in diaspora.


Reading List Related to the Post-9/11 Wars - A 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.

The Ukraine Crisis: An Opportunity to Teach on Nonviolent Resistance - classroom activities, resources, and news articles to integrate into the classroom.


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.