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 other globally 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 Dinner Event

Thursday, January 17th

 "U.S. Foreign Policy in the Trump Era"


Mackubin Owens

Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute

Since the end of World War II, the United States has underwritten a liberal global order, much as Great Britain did during the 19th century. But changing geopolitical circumstances may have weakened the United States relative to other powers.

Donald Trump's foreign policy has been criticized for a number of reasons, but our speaker believes he may intuitively understand that the terms of American engagement in world affairs must be reset. And that this necessity explains the disruptive character of Trump's foreign policy. 

At this event our speaker, Dr. Mackubin Owens of the Foreign Policy Research Institute and Naval War College, will share his assessment of the overall nature and long term impact of the Trump administration's foreign policy.

Given the topic's breadth and the diverse viewpoints of our attendees we will have an extended Q&A with the speaker. All perspectives are welcome. 

About Our Speaker

Mackubin (Mac) T. Owens is a Senior Fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) in Philadelphia.

Previously he was Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C.and Professor of National Security Affairs at the US Naval War College where he specialized in the planning of US strategy and forces, especially naval and power projection forces; 

Dr. Owens is also editor of Orbis, FPRI's quarterly publication and a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal. In addition, his articles on national security issues have appeared in The Weekly Standard, National Review, The New York Times and many other publications.


The Squantum Association

947 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Riverside, RI 02915

East Providence, RI


6:00 PM Social Hour

6:40 PM Dinner

7:30 PM Presentation

8:30 PM Adjourn


WACRI Members $50

Non-Members $58

Presentation Only $15

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