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 First Dinner Event

Thursday September 28th

Internationally Acclaimed Cuba Expert and Author

Peter Kornbluh


"The Future of Cuba"

Under the New Policies of the Trump Administration


In March 2016, Peter Kornbluh accompanied President Obama on his history-making trip to Havana, a major step forward in the effort to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba. 

At our talk on September 28th he will address President Trump's recent actions to "recalibrate" the policy of engagement and potentially close the door on better relations in the future. 

Mr. Kornbluh will address key questions about Trump's recent announcement that he is imposing new restrictions on travel and trade to Cuba. His talk frames the debate over sustaining Obama's policy of  positive engagement or returning to an era of punitive pressure in U.S. policy toward Cuba.

He will also discuss the topic of his book "Back Channel to Cuba" which challenges the conventional wisdom of perpetual conflict and aggression between the United States and Cuba since 1959, and chronicles a surprising, untold history of bilateral efforts toward rapprochement and reconciliation.  

We are pleased to offer a book signing so you may purchase an autographed copy of "Back Channel to Cuba", and personally meet Peter Kornbluh.

Peter Kornbluh directs the Cuba Documentation Project and the Chile Documentation project at the National Security Archive in Washington. 


The Agawam Hunt Club

15 Roger Williams Avenue, East Providence, RI


6:00 PM Social Hour 

6:45 PM Dinner (Full Sit Down Dinner)

7:30 PM Presentation

8:30PM 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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