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.




at The Hope Club


The World Affairs Council of Rhode Island and the Providence Committee on Foreign Relations are pleased to announce a jointly sponsored dinner and forum, from 6:00-9:00 p.m., October 20th, at the Hope Club,  6 Benevolent St., Providence, on 

“Foreign-Policy Questions

Under a Trump or a Clinton Administration’’


The next U.S. administration will face a daunting set of challenges including: 

- What Does America First Mean? Engagement or isolation? 
- Is the US mirroring Europe’s nativism and nationalism? 
- What if the European Union falls apart? 
- How best to cope with the threat from ISIS and other terrorists?

Join us for a discussion of these questions and many more with our panelists Milan Vego, Professor of Operations at the U.S. Naval War College and Richard Arenberg, an adjunct lecturer in international and public affairs at Brown’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs.

Our moderator will be Llewellyn King, a long-time publisher, columnist and international business consultant. He is the host and executive producer of White House Chronicle on PBS. Mr. King has worked for major newspapers in London and the United States.


The Hope Club


6:00 PM     Social Hour Reception 

6:45 PM     Dinner

7:30 PM     Presentations and Q&A Forum

8:45 PM     Adjourn



Dinner and Presentations $45

Presentation Only $15

To Register Online Click here or RSVP by emailing us rsvpwacri@gmail.com

Upcoming events

Our New Season is Shaping Up!

I am pleased to report that this next years event calendar is coming together

Our programming committee and board have been hard at work putting together an interesting and varied schedule of events. 

There is a lot that is new at WACRI 

  • A new website with online registration and membership renewal
  • Expanded member benefits
  • More variety in topics, venues, and meeting times.
We welcome all people interested in global issues to join us as members and become part of our vibrant community of internationally minded citizens. 

Carolyn Fluehr- Lobban
World Affairs Council of Rhode Island

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