Book Club

Providing insights into current and historical international issues, Global Santa Fe’s Book Club meets monthly to discuss a non-fiction book selection or a collection of articles with a unifying central theme.

The Book Club meets 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm MDT on the first Tuesday of each month at the Global Santa Fe Conference Room, 413 Grant Avenue, Suite D. Participants may also tune in by Zoom. The link for the Zoom meeting will be sent with the email reminder prior to the meeting. Light refreshments are served for in-person attendees. If you are not on the book club mailing list, but are interested in participating, please contact Randy Sword.

Tuesday, August 6, 2024 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm MDT

The Power of Geography: Ten Maps That Reveal the Future of Our World by Tim Marshall

Please order your copy from Collected Works Bookstore and Coffee House today!

In this revelatory new book, Marshall explores ten regions that are set to shape global politics in a new age of great-power rivalry: Australia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, the UK, Greece, Turkey, the Sahel, Ethiopia, Spain and Space. Find out why Europe’s next refugee crisis is closer than it thinks as trouble brews in the Sahel; why the Middle East must look beyond oil and sand to secure its future; why the eastern Mediterranean is one of the most volatile flashpoints of the twenty-first century; and why the Earth’s atmosphere is set to become the world’s next battleground.

Delivered with Marshall’s trademark wit and insight, this is a lucid and gripping exploration of the power of geography to shape humanity’s past, present – and future.

Tuesday, September 3, 2024 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm MDT

Conflict: The Evolution of Warfare from 1945 to Ukraine by David Petraeus

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In this deep and incisive study, General David Petraeus, who commanded the US-led coalitions in both Iraq, during the Surge, and Afghanistan and former CIA director, and the prize-winning historian Andrew Roberts, explore over 70 years of conflict, drawing significant lessons and insights from their fresh analysis of the past. Drawing on their different perspectives and areas of expertise, Petraeus and Roberts show how often critical mistakes have been repeated time and again, and the challenge, for statesmen and generals alike, of learning to adapt to various new weapon systems, theories and strategies.

Among the conflicts examined are the Arab-Israeli wars, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, the two Gulf Wars, the Balkan wars in the former Yugoslavia, and both the Soviet and Coalition wars in Afghanistan, as well as guerilla conflicts in Africa and South America. 

Conflict culminates with a bracing look at Putin’s disastrous invasion of Ukraine, yet another case study in the tragic results when leaders refuse to learn from history, and an assessment of the nature of future warfare. Filled with sharp insight and the wisdom of experience, Conflict is not only a critical assessment of our recent past, but also an essential primer of modern warfare that provides crucial knowledge for waging battle today as well as for understanding what the decades ahead will bring.

Tuesday, October 1, 2024 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm MDT

World Politics since 1989 by Jonathan Holslag

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1989 ushered in a new age of freedom and prosperity. Thirty years later, the golden era is over. What went wrong? How did the age of globalization – of growing connectivity, affluence, and growth – give way?

Jonathan Holslag navigates through the calm seas and rip tides of global politics from the Cold War to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. He tells a story of faltering momentum and squandered opportunities that explains how the West’s sources of strength were lost to rising consumerism, unbalanced trade, and half-hearted diplomatic engagement. All the while, other powers, like China and Russia, grew stronger. With his trademark verve, Holslag untangles the threads of this story to reveal that it was not so much the ambition of China, the cunning of Putin, or the greed of African strongmen that led the world into this dark place; it was the failure of the West to listen to its people, to show clear leadership, and reinvent itself, in spite of ample evidence that things were going awry.

Tuesday, November 5, 2024 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm MDT

The Globalization Myth: Why Regions Matter by Shannon K O’Neil

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A case for why regionalization, not globalization, has been the biggest economic trend of the past forty years.
The conventional wisdom about globalization is wrong. Over the past forty years as companies, money, ideas, and people went abroad, they increasingly looked regionally rather than globally. O’Neil details this transformation and the rise of three major regional hubs in Asia, Europe, and North America. Current technological, demographic, and geopolitical trends look only to deepen these regional ties. O’Neil argues that this has urgent implications for the United States. Regionalization has enhanced economic competitiveness and prosperity in Europe and Asia. It could do the same for the United States, if only it would embrace its neighbors.

Tuesday, December 3, 2024 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm MDT

The Twilight Struggle: What the Cold War Teaches Us about Great-Power Rivalry Today by Hal Brands

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A leading historian’s guide to great-power competition, as told through America’s successes and failures in the Cold War.

America is entering an era of long-term great power competition with China and Russia. In this innovative and illuminating book, Hal Brands, a leading historian and former Pentagon adviser, argues that America should look to the history of the Cold War for lessons on how to succeed in great-power rivalry today.