iOS app Android app

Neta C. Crawford
Neta C. Crawford is a co-director of the Costs of War Project at Brown University and Professor of Political Science at Boston University where her teaching focuses on international relations theory, international ethics and normative change.

Her research interests include international relations theory, normative theory, foreign policy decision making, sanctions, peace movements, discourse ethics, post-conflict peacebuilding, research design, utopian science fiction, and emotion. Crawford is also interested in methods for understanding the costs and consequences of war and is co-director of the Eisenhower Study Group “Costs of War” study (

Entries by Neta C. Crawford

Afghanistan Déjà Vu?

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 3:32 PM

As Afghans put their long election saga behind them and evaluate their new two-headed government, the US hopes to end the long war, and draw down to about 10,000 troops. How has the democratization effort fared?

The former director of UN Human Rights in Afghanistan, Norah Niland, says the US...

Read Post

Bad Things Happened: The AfPak War at 12

(20) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 5:16 PM

Catherine Lutz and Neta Crawford

The U.S. will withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of 2014 according to the current plan. That year will also mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I.

In 1914, the Great Powers were optimistic that they would be quickly victorious....

Read Post

"AfPak" Anniversary: 11 Years Gone, 128,000 Dead, Millions Displaced

(2) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 2:47 PM

Since the initial invasion of Afghanistan 11 years ago this month, more than 128,000 people have died in Afghanistan and Pakistan in direct war-related violence. Indirect deaths, due to the destruction of infrastructure and lost access to food or health care, may number several times that. The toll in amputations...

Read Post

'Targeted' Drones Strikes and Magical Thinking

(323) Comments | Posted September 23, 2012 | 3:00 PM

As we enter year twelve of the "war on terror," drones are arguably the coolest tool in the American military arsenal. There is a breathless tone in describing these machines that loiter for hours, then fire Hellfire missiles at remote targets. But just below the gee-wiz is a simmering debate...

Read Post