Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Catherine Lutz

US Senate Debates Yemen War Powers Resolution (Costs of War project cited)

March 21, 2018 C-SPAN

During a Senate debate on the Yemen War Powers Resolution on March 20, 2018, lawmakers discussed the extent of U.S. force abroad and Congress's role in making decisions about where the U.S. goes to war. Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) cited new Brown University Costs of War project data showing that the U.S. is taking military action against terrorism in 76 countries. "How often," he asked, "has Congress debated whether those military actions were authorized?" 


Trump’s Budget Puts Lives at Risk (co-authored by Cathy Lutz)

May 23, 2017 US New and World Report

Catherine Lutz in US News, "Our safety as a nation depends as much or more on a healthy, well-educated population as it does on the force of arms. Given this reality, the new budget's sharp reductions in programs that address the needs of low-income families and individuals are blows to our nation's basic security."


Report Tallies Total Cost of Post-Sept. 11 Wars (Costs of War Project cited)

September 9, 2016 U.S. News & World Report

Watson's Costs of War project cited in U.S. News & World Report, "According to a study released Friday through Brown University's Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs, government spending on the military, diplomacy, foreign aid, homeland security and services to veterans have cost U.S. taxpayers upward of $4.79 trillion in the post-Sept. 11 era."


An education report from the front lines

July 24, 2015 News from Brown

Education and education reform remain important national issues, but teacher voices are not always prominently involved. Catherine Lutz and Anne Lutz Fernandez traveled the country to sample teacher sentiments and insights for a new book,Schooled: Ordinary, Extraordinary Teaching in an Age of Change.


Lutz cited for Costs of War Project on NBC News.

September 12, 2014

Catherine Lutz, the Thomas J. Watson, Jr. Family Professor of Anthropology and International Studies, on NBC News: "Nations notoriously underestimate what wars will cost going in — the U.S. has been no different in these last two wars."


$4-6 Trillion Price Tag for War in Iraq

June 19, 2014

Catherine Lutz, co-director of the Watson-based Costs of War project, said on Al Jazeera America that the estimated $4 to 6 trillion -- for military operations, veterans' medical costs, social programs for veterans' families, and interest on money borrowed to fight the war -- hasn't done much good. "It seems to have bought us trouble in the United States, and it's definitely bought the people of Iraq a very different kind of country -- one that's quite fallen apart."