Costs of War Awarded 2022 US Peace Prize

By the US Peace Memorial Foundation, October 5, 2022

The Board of Directors of the US Peace Memorial Foundation has voted unanimously to award the 2022 US Peace Prize to Costs of War “For Crucial Research to Shed Light on The Human, Environmental, Economic, Social, and Political Costs of U.S. Wars.”

On September 30, 2022, Michael D. Knox, US Peace Memorial Foundation Chair, presented the US Peace Prize to Costs of War at a workshop held at Watson Institute, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. He thanked them for their important work that could help end U.S. wars. Knox said, “The research and scholarly publications generated by Costs of War’s faculty and staff provide accurate data that can truly impact our public and foreign policy. Your outreach to the media, lawmakers, and educators helps to build momentum towards reversing long-standing patterns of U.S. militarism.”

The program’s Co-Directors, Drs. Neta C. Crawford, Catherine Lutz, and Stephanie Savell issued this joint statement in response to receiving the award: “On behalf of our global network of over 50 scholars and experts, we’re thrilled to receive the US Peace Prize for the Costs of War and deeply honored to be included amongst the other exemplary awardees. This prize is a testament to the tireless hard work and creative vision of so many people, from the scholars who share their findings with the public to the many people who build Costs of War’s impact from behind the scenes; all of us share a passion for working against militarism.” Note: Dr. Lutz (center), Dr. Crawford (right), Dr. Savell not shown below.

Costs of War is a research collaboration housed at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. It brings together the work of scholars and experts from various disciplines and backgrounds based at different universities and other organizations. Through ongoing research and analysis of the impacts of the United States’ post-9/11 wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, and elsewhere, the group seeks to educate the American public and its leaders about the often unacknowledged human, economic, political, social, and environmental costs of war, both in the U.S. and internationally. Since Costs of War was founded in 2011, its contributors have regularly published papers and data documenting the death tolls of wars, the number of displaced people, the U.S. budgetary costs, and the geographic expanse of U.S. counterterrorism operations. Having been recently cited in a presidential speech, Costs of War’s research findings prompt Americans to ask relevant and well-informed questions about U.S. wars.

The other 2022 US Peace Prize nominees were the National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth, Randolph Bourne Institute, and Read about the antiwar/peace activities of all recipients and nominees in our publication, the US Peace Registry.

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