Looking for a space to talk with other engaged, globally minded individuals about what’s going on in the world?
Do you want to connect more deeply with IRC members with similar interests?
Want to get past the headlines, and hear from those around you?

Perhaps you’ve lived in another part of the world, worked there, studied there, traveled there, or just have a general fascination. IRC members and their guests are warmly invited to join one or more IRC Roundtables – a chance to connect with other members, talk about current events in regions of interest to them, and hear from subject matter experts. If you’re not an IRC member yet, we welcome you to join a Roundtable discussion to see if membership is the right fit for you!

Taking place on Monday evenings with a 5:30 – 6:30 Roundtable Happy Hour and 6:30 – 7:30 Roundtable Discussion, IRC Roundtables are, simply put, the place to be on a Monday! Our Roundtable Happy Hours are exclusive to our in-person guests, then at 6:30 we will open up our Zoom Room to begin a discussion in a hybrid format, with guests joining from all over the Kansas City metro, the country, and in some special cases – joining us from other countries!

Led by IRC members with expertise in each region, our Roundtables also frequently feature guest speakers and presenters who come onto the calls to share their expertise with us! Recent examples include two Ph.D. candidates from the Kansas African Studies Center sharing their research projects on our Sub-Saharan Africa Roundtable, Giorgio Caffiero of Gulf State Analytics giving our Middle East & North Africa Roundtable an overview of Russia & China’s interests in the region, or a delegation of Chilean faculty & students from Catholic University of Temuco on our Americas Roundtable.

Roundtables are open to all members of the IRC, including individual/family members and individuals affiliated with IRC organizational members, like businesses, colleges/universities, and nonprofits. Roundtable membership is included in your IRC membership. Be as involved as your schedule allows, without worrying about whether you can make a meeting or meet a deadline. The point is to connect, explore, and engage! IRC Members are also encouraged to bring a guest or two to join them for a Roundtable, to see if the

If you’re not yet a member, or if you’re unsure, no problem – join below, or reach out!

2024 Roundtable Schedule:

The Americas Roundtable 2024 meeting dates :

  • Monday, June 24
  • Monday, September 9

Central & South Asia Roundtable 2024 meeting dates:

  • Monday, July 1
  • Monday, September 16

Sub-Saharan Africa Roundtable 2024 meeting dates:

  • Monday, July 8
  • Monday, September 23

Europe and Russia Roundtable 2024 meeting dates:

  • Monday, July 15
  • Monday, September 30

East Asia Roundtable 2024 meeting dates:

  • Monday, July 22
  • Monday, October 7

Middle East/North Africa Roundtable 2023 meeting dates:

  • Monday, July 29
  • Monday, October 21

Southeast Asia and Oceania Roundtable 2024 meeting dates:

  • Monday, May 20
  • Monday, August 5
  • Monday, October 28