CIR Book Club

Great reads and great discussions. Indispensable to the global citizen.

Non-Fiction 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, at the CIR office: 413 Grant Avenue, Suite D.  The office is just north of Paseo de Peralta and right next to the concrete bridge that joins Grant with Rosario Street.

Call Virginia McCallum, Book Club Coordinator, for more information: 515-290-1221,

Discussion of the book is from 5:00 – 6:30 in the CIR conference room. We always have wine and cheese available and CIR members are welcome to join the group, even if you have not read the book, to sample whether you will enjoy the meeting. To be included on the book group email list or for more information about the CIR Non-Fiction Book Group, email Virginia McCallum at Also 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 Asian 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