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.

Our Next Event 

Thursday, June 15th

Steven Koltai

Will Talk About the Subject of His New Book

"Peace Through 


"Joblessness is the root cause of the global unrest threatening 

American security. 

Fostering entrepreneurship is the remedy."

We are turning the screw of economic development with a rubber screwdriver.’ That’s Steve Koltai’s lively and engaging account of what is wrong with much official U.S. foreign assistance. Happily, he has a deeply American solution: harnessing the creativity and energy of people around the world in ‘doing entrepreneurship.’

He’s both a visionary and a pragmatist; his ideas actually work on the ground and should occupy a much larger place in U.S. foreign policy.

About Our Speaker

Steven Koltai is a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution and managing director of the entrepreneurship consultancy Koltai and Co. LLC. 

He is a successful entrepreneur in the telecommunications and event management industries, and from 2009–11 served as Senior Advisor for Entrepreneurship under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Steven's presentation is based on themes and ideas described in his new book "Peace Through Entrepreneurship". His book can be ordered by clicking here.



The Agawam Hunt Club

East Providence, RI

This event will feature a reception with heavy passed hors d'oeuvres in place of a sit down dinner so as to lower ticket prices. 

Our presentation will also begin and end earlier.


WACRI Members and Their Guests $37

Non-Members $45

Presentation Only $15


6:00 pm Social Hour

7:00 pm Presentation

8:15 Adjourn

To Register and Pay Online click here

or RSVP via email at rsvpwacri@gmail.com

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