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.

Special Announcement of  

Upcoming WACRI/PCFR 

Joint Event!


The World Affairs Council of Rhode Island and the Providence Committee on Foreign Relations will co-host a dinner forum entitled 


"The Foreign Policy of a 

Clinton or Trump Administration"  



The  forum will be held at the Hope Club, 6 Benevolent St., Providence, on October 20 at 6-9PM  and will feature three panelists in a moderated discussion among themselves and, later,  with the audience, on the implications for international affairs of the next presidency. 

Visit our respective Web sites for updates: www.wacri.org and www.thepcfr.org.  Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban, WACRI  President and Robert Whitcomb, PCFR President. Details will be forthcoming on speakers and pricing.  

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
President
World Affairs Council of Rhode Island

Become a Member!

Join WACRI and experience all the benefits of membership including invitations to special events, discounts on magazine subscriptions, and trips overseas.  

To learn more just click the "join us" button and fill out an application

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