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, November 15th

"The Hell of Good Intentions"

U.S. Foreign Policy and the Decline of 

American Global Dominance

By New York Times Best Selling Author

Dr. Stephen Walt

Belfer Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government

In 1992, the United States stood at the pinnacle of world power and Americans were confident that a new era of peace and prosperity was at hand. Twenty-five years later, those hopes have been dashed.

Relations with Russia and China have soured, the European Union is wobbling, nationalism and populism are on the rise, and the United States is stuck in costly and pointless wars that have squandered trillions of dollars and undermined its influence around the world.

Dr. Walt will discuss the topic of his new book "The Hell of Good Intentions" and discuss how foreign policy errors over the last 25 years has resulted in the decline of American global influence.  A book signing is planned.

About Our Speaker

Stephen M. Walt is the Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. He previously taught at Princeton University and the University of Chicago, . He has been a Resident Associate of the Carnegie Endowment for Peace and a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution, He presently serves on the editorial boards of Foreign Policy He was elected as a Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in May 2005.


The Squantum Association

947 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Riverside, RI 02915

East Providence, RI


6:00 PM Social Hour

6:40 PM Dinner

7:30 PM Presentation

8:30 PM Adjourn


Members $50

Non Members $58

Presentation Only $15

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