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

Our New Season Has Begun

I am pleased to welcome you to our 2015-2016 season!

We have many changes underway at WACRI. 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

Our Next Event!

Thursday October 8th

The Future of World Energy



This is going to be an event you will not want to miss.

Global energy sources and producers are rapidly changing. Wind, solar, and fuel cell technology are all coming on strong as alternatives to oil and natural gas. New methods of extracting fossil fuels have changed the balance of power in world energy markets and driving down prices to levels thought unreachable a few years ago. And then there is global warming to deal with! Where is this all heading? 

Dr. Francis O'Sullivan, Director of Research and Analysis at the MIT Energy Initiative will help us understand the winners and losers in the changing energy landscape and what we might be using to heat our homes and power our cars in future years. 

His research interests span a range of topics related to energy technologies, policy and economics. His current research is focused on unconventional oil and gas resources, the energy-water nexus, and solar energy. 


September 19th Reception a Success!

Over 55 people attended our first annual member reception to kick off our new season and socialize with fellow members at beautiful  Agawam Hunt Club!  If you missed it you will want to be sure to attend next year's event! 



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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