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.

Our Next Event 

Thursday, April 12th

"The Right Way to Lose a War"

America in an Age of Unwinnable Conflicts

For a century, up until 1945, the United States won almost all its major wars. But since World War II, the country has endured a string of failures and stalemates in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. And once the campaign turned into a quagmire, Washington struggled to find a way out, with grave consequences for thousands of American soldiers and our allies. 

Based on interviews with dozens of top generals and policy-makers, Tierney explains why the U.S. struggles on the battlefield, how Washington can resolve a failing war, and how America can return to the path of victory. 

Dominic Tierney is an associate professor of political science at Swarthmore College and holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from Oxford University. He is also a contributing editor at The Atlantic, a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, and a former research fellow at Harvard University. 

He is the author of four books: Failing to Win: Perceptions of Victory and Defeat in International Politics (2006); FDR and the Spanish Civil War: Neutrality and Commitment in the Struggle that Divided America (2007); How We Fight: Crusades, Quagmires, and the American Way of War (2010); and The Right Way to Lose a War: America in an Age of Unwinnable Conflicts (2015).


The Hope Club

7 Benevolent Street, Providence


WACRI Members and Their Guests $50

Non-Members $58

Presentation Only $15


6:00 pm Social Hour

6:45 PM Dinner

7:30 PM Presentation

8:45 Adjourn

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