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.

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Thursday May 5th

Women, Peace and Security

A Discussion of 

The Role of Women in War-Torn Societies

War reshapes women's lives and often unexpectedly forces them unprepared into the role of breadwinner. Charged with their family's survival, they invent ways to provide for their children and communities.

Please join us for an insider's look at the role of women in war-torn societies by the Department of State's senior adviser on Women, Peace and Security, Ms. Stephenie Foster.  

Special Quilt Exhibit

Our program will also include an exhibition of art quilts made by artists around the world to highlight the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.  

These quilts have been displayed at UN headquarters in New York and Geneva, at the Houston International Quilt Festival and various regional quilt shows across the United States, and at prominent American universities. 

The quilts are brought to us by the RI-based non-profit Quilt for Change. 

About Our Speaker

Stephenie Foster has over 30 years of experience in domestic and international policy advocacy, government affairs, program development and training, and law, with a special focus on the critical role that women play in advancing public policy and development.

Stephenie currently serves as a Senior Advisor and Counselor to the Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues at the US Department of State, where she is responsible for a wide range of regional and functional issues. 


 Agawam Hunt Club

East Providence, Rhode Island


$40 WACRI Members 

$50 General Public

Presentation Only $15

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or send an email to rsvpwacri@gmail.com

Upcoming events

Our New Season Has Been Stronger Than Ever

I am pleased to report that this years events have been extremely well attended and many new members have joined the World Affairs Council of Rhode Island.

Our programming committee and board have been hard at work putting together an interesting and varied schedule of events. Over 250 people have attended our events so far this year!

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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