Welcome to The World Affairs Council of Rhode Island

The World Affairs Council of Rhode Island is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting knowledge, awareness, and understanding of the world and its people, cultures, and events.

Our mission is to give our members first hand accounts and insights about issues that transcend our borders, and a community for exchanging ideas and meeting other globally minded people.

For 80 years, WACRI has brought the world to Rhode Island through our monthly guest speaker and Global Discussions programs, by hosting international visitors, and by promoting learning and education about world affairs.

We invite you to join WACRI, and become a part of our community of globally oriented citizens.

Our Next Event

Thursday, January 18th

"Beyond Snowden"

Domestic and Foreign Threats to Our Privacy and Democracy

On January 18th we are thrilled to have Timothy Edgar of the Watson Institute and nationally recognized expert on cybersecurity talk with us about an issue that affects every citizen.

Cybersecurity goes beyond hacking by foreign adversaries; it includes surveillance by our own government which Mr. Edgar describes in his book "Beyond Snowden: Privacy, Mass Surveillance and the Struggle to Reform the NSA."

This talk is sure to be an eye opening event, and we encourage you to register early.

About Our Speaker

In 2006, Timothy Edgar became the intelligence community’s first deputy for civil liberties, advising the director of national intelligence during the George W. Bush administration. 

In 2009, after President Barack Obama announced the creation of a new National Security Council position “specifically dedicated to safeguarding the privacy and civil liberties of the American people,” Edgar moved to the White House, where he advised Obama on privacy issues in cybersecurity policy. 

In 2013, Edgar left government for Brown University to help launch its professional cybersecurity degree program, and is now a senior fellow at Brown’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. 

Edgar has been profiled by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour and his work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times and other major publications. Edgar was a law clerk to Judge Sandra Lynch, United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Dartmouth College.


The Agawam Hunt Club

15 Roger Williams Avenue, East Providence, RI


6:00 PM Social Hour 

6:45 PM Dinner 

7:30 PM Presentation

8:30 PM Adjourn


Members and Guests $50

Non-Members $58

Presentation Only $15

To Register Click here or Send an email to rsvpwacri@gmail.com

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