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.
For 80 years, WACRI has brought the world to Rhode Island. Our monthly speaker series and International Visitors Program have offered our members a broad perspective on our world and its people. Our mission is to give our members meaningful insights and discussion about issues that transcend our borders as well as those that affect us locally. We foster a community of globally minded people, exchanging ideas in a civil and vibrant way.
During COVID-19 we will be strictly following Rhode Island restrictions and guidelines for social distancing and mask wearing for all in-person events and will offer many Zoom-only and some hybrid in-person and Zoom gatherings. We look forward to keeping you apprised of our 2020-2021 calendar.
We invite you to join WACRI, and become a part of our community of globally oriented citizens.
Established in 1986 as a nonprofit membership organization in Washington, DC the World Affairs Councils of America carries out its mission by:
Supporting more than 90 World Affairs Councils across the United States and promoting their programs and educational initiatives for diverse, multi-generational audiences. We bring the world to classrooms and C-suites, and to conferences in the nation’s capital and town hall-style forums in your community.
Developing Councils’ convening power nationwide by providing face-to-face connections and dialogue with global leaders, business executives, policy experts, social innovators, and distinguished opinion makers.
Exploring new ideas in dozens of dynamic Council events each week that shape public discourse on a range of critical issues, including: national security; the economy and international trade; global health; energy and the environment; immigration; human rights; education; and culture.
Challenging the next generation to develop leadership skills and global acumen so that our communities can better compete, collaborate, and make informed decisions.
Partnering with organizations that seek to reach out to “grassroots” and “grasstops” citizens, disseminate research, mutually expand networks and transform how people, enterprises, and governments think about the world.
Expanding informed, respectful public discourse about international relations and current events through WACA conference calls, podcasts, information services, and social media. We are digitally accessible from anywhere in the world.
The World Affairs Councils of America takes no institutional positions on matters of policy.
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