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.

Upcoming events

A Message from Our President

I am pleased to present to our membership our new website!

This will help us keep you informed of the exciting happenings at WACRI and give you a number of new benefits including:

  • Online registration and payment for events.
  • An easier membership and renewal process.
  • A forum for sharing your thoughts and experiences with other members.
I look forward to seeing you at our
kickoff member/guest celebration on September 17th and sharing with you our plans for the new year!

Carolyn Fluehr Lobban


We Want Your Programming Ideas!

Members now have a place they can share ideas on speakers and events with each other and our programming team. 

Simply go to the members portal and click on
 Programming ideas or click here

Our Next Event!

"Building a Nation of Makers"

Thursday, June 4th

6 Ideas to Accelerate Innovative Capacity of Manufacturing in 
America and Rhode Island

Professor Bernie Carlson of the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Society, and John Riendeau, Business Development Director of CommerceRI, will team up to give us their perspective on what is needed to allow the United States to compete on the global stage and what Rhode Island must do locally.

Dr. Carlson will present the findings of the Milstein Commission, which looked at manufacturing/exports at the national level and made recommendations to change the infrastructure to forge a more manufacturing friendly environment. 

 John Riendeau from CommerceRI will respond with a Rhode Island perspective. 

This should be an exciting forum on a topic that affects us all.


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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