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 Dinner Event

Wednesday, February 13th

 "The Tragedy of Ukraine"


Nicolai Petro

As the war in Ukraine enters its fifth year, the country remains mired in debt, corruption, and strife. The country seems to be caught up, again, in a vicious cycle that has been repeating itself for decades, if not centuries.

Classical Greek tragedy allows us to take a deeper look the reasons behind Ukraine’s persistent failure to achieve social stability and to suggest remedies. The tragic cycle can be broken through compromise in which individual, social and divine aspirations for justice are eventually reconciled. As long as Ukrainian leaders persist in seeking justice without compromise, the nation’s self-destructive cycle is likely to persist.

About Our Speaker

A long-time resident of Odessa, Ukraine, and Kingston, Rhdde Island, Nicolai Petro currently holds the Silvia-Chandley Professorship of Peace Studies and Nonviolence at the University of Rhode Island.

His books include Ukraine in Crisis (Routledge, 2017), Crafting Democracy (Cornell, 2004), The Rebirth of Russian Democracy (Harvard, 1995), and Russian Foreign Policy (Longman, 1997).

A graduate of the University of Virginia, he is the recipient of Fulbright awards to Russia and to Ukraine, as well as fellowships from the Foreign Policy Research Institute, the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies in Washington, and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

As a Council on Foreign Relations Fellow, he served as special assistant for policy toward the Soviet Union in the U.S. Department of State from 1989 to 1990. In addition to his scholarly publications, he has written for Asia Times, American Interest, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, The Guardian (UK), the New York Times, and the Wilson Quarterly. 


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


WACRI Members $50

Non-Members $58

Presentation Only $15

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