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 like-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.

Register Today For Our Next Dinner Event

Thursday, October 19th

at the Squantum Association


"Robotic Warfare"

How New Technologies are Changing the 

Way Wars are Fought


Cameras that fly and look like mosquitoes, robots that can rescue soldiers, driver-less tanks...military technology has gone far beyond drones.

Naval War College professor John Jackson, who holds the E.A. Sperry Chair of Unmanned Systems and Robotics, will discuss the past, present and future uses of robotic and unmanned systems, both in the military services and in private use. 

His fast-paced and fact-filled presentation will discuss the systems involved, the operational challenges they address, and the legal and ethical ramifications of their use. He will address everything you always wanted to know about drones, but were afraid to ask!"

About Our Speaker

John Edward Jackson is a senior professor in the Naval War College (NWC) College of Distance Education.  He holds the E.A. Sperry Chair of Unmanned and Robotic Systems. He teaches in the area of National Security Affairs, and concurrently serves as Program Manager for the Chief of Naval Operations Professional Reading Program. A long-time proponent of emerging technology, he has taught one of the College’s most popular elective courses entitled “Unmanned Systems and Conflict in the 21st Century” since the 2009 academic year.  


The Squantum Association

947 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Riverside, RI 02915


6:00 PM Social Hour 

6:45 PM Dinner (Full Sit Down 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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