CIR Book Club

Twelve times a year, members of the non-fiction book club select and discuss a book, which provides insights into current and historical international issues. Meetings are typically held from 5:00-6:30 pm on the first Tuesday of the month. Given the evolving situation with COVID-19, the Book Club now meets online via Zoom.

We are always excited to welcome new participants to the Book Club! For more information, or to be included on the CIR Book Club email list, reach out to Virginia McCallum, CIR’s Book Club Coordinator, at or call her at (515) 290-1221. If you have suggestions for future book selections, let Virginia know. We’re always interested in recommendations!

Note that the Long Article Selections will be sent out at or around the time of the preceding meeting.


The schedule for 2020 is now final:

January 7: The Jungle Grows Back: America and Our Imperiled World. Robert Kagan. 2018

February 4: Long Article Selections

March 3: The Economists’ Hour: False Prophets, Free Markets, and the Fracture of Society. Binyamin Appelbaum. 2019

April 7: Long Article Selections

May 5: The Case for Nationalism: How it made us powerful, united, and free. Rich Lowry. 2019

June 2: Long Article Selections

July 7: The Future is Asian: Global Order in the Twenty-First Century. Parag Khanna. 2019

August 4: Long Article Selections

September 1: Triple Axis: China, Russia, Iran, and Power Politics. Diana Esfandiary and Ariane Tabatabai. 2018

October 6: Long Article Selections

November 3: Inevitable Partnership: Understanding Mexico-U.S. Relations. Clint E. Smith. 2000

December 1: Long Article Selections