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.


In Conjunction with the 
RIC Unity Center and African Alliance of Rhode Island 

Thursday, November 3rd

"Forum on Achieving Security and Stability

In Nigeria"  

Nigeria has a population of 180 million people and an economy growing at twice the rate of the United States. But despite many strengths, it has been held back by political, electoral, religious, ethnic, and other forms of violence, 

In this forum, we examine the causes of instability and what will be required to give Nigeria the peace and order it needs to unleash the potential of its people. The threats posed by Boko Haram will receive special focus.

Before the forum, a buffet dinner of ethnic foods will be served, and there 

will be a performance by an African drummer!


Keynote Speaker

Dr. Paul Lubeck, John Hopkins University

Director of the African Studies Program at

the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies


Dr. John Fobanjong UMass Dartmouth

Professor of Political Science

African attire welcomed and encouraged!


 Faculty Center

Donovan Dining Facility

Rhode Island College


5:30 PM Reception with African Drumming

6:00 PM DInner

6:45 PM Presentation

8:15 PM  Adjourn


$ 25 Dinner and Forum

$ 5 Forum Only

Free to RIC Students 

For More Information and to Register 

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or Email us rsvpwacri@gmail.com

Co-Sponsored By 


African Alliance of RI

RIC Unity Center

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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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