Upcoming Events

Business Luncheon Series 

“Rural Development Solutions in Central America Policies and Practices”                   

Call the Council to RSVP today (406)728-3328 

Roundtable luncheon with

Karolo Aparicio, Executive Director – EcoViva

Thursday, September 10th ~ 11:30am -1:00pm              

First Interstate Bank, Executive Board Room – Downtown Branch 

$20/Members – $30/Non-Members – Space is limited    

karolo_aparicio_2012-06-14-e1416355313527Karolo Aparicio is the executive director of EcoViva, an 18 year-old nonprofit organization with deep ties to grassroots social movements in El Salvador that grew out of peace-building efforts following the Salvadoran Civil War. 

Today, Ecoviva works in partnership with community-led organizations in Central America organized to achieve environmental conservation and economic development. EcoViva provides assistance to their partners’ initiatives in diversified agriculture, rural infrastructure, youth leadership development, climate change adaptation, and enviornmental conservation. They embrace a collaborative and democratic approach to development that seeks to reconcile what are often considered competing priorities of economic developmetnn and environmental sustainability. 

Karolo has an MBA from San Francisco State University and also holds an MA in Anthropology from Vanderbilt University. Prior to joining EcoViva, he was in leadership roles at the Global Fund for Women, the Sierra Club and International Rivers. 

Distinguished Speakers Program 

“The Evolving American Muslim Identity”

A Community Discussion with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

Wednesday, October 21st – 7:30 pm 

DoubleTree Hotel Ballroom

Imam Rauf - photo by Enid Bloch (3)Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is the Chairman of The Cordoba Initiative, a multi-faith, international organization dedicated to improving Muslim relations with the West. He served as Imam of Masjid al-Farah, a mosque in New York City, from 1983 to 2009. His three books on Islam and its place in contemporary Western society include Moving the Mountain. Named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2011, Imam Feisal sits on the Board of Trustees of the Islamic Center of New York, advises the Interfaith Center of New York, and belongs to the World Economic Forum Council of 100 Leaders (Islamic-West dialogue). A leading voice of moderation, Imam Feisal has participated regularly in the Council on Foreign Relations and appeared at the World Economic Forum (Davos). Major media have quoted him extensively, BBC, CNN, Frontline Fox News, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and many more. 

World Affairs Councils of America 

National Conference 

November 11-13th  – Washington, D.C.

WACA 2015 logoLeading America: Foreign Policy Challenges and the 2016 Election will provide original and essential insights. Keynote speakers and relevant panel discussion – on the Middle East, great power rivals Russia and China, the global economy, energy, and transnational challenges from cyber to migration – will frame the foreign policy agenda for candidates. Held annually for over two decades, the World Affairs Councils of America’s National Conference engages our regional leaders and members drawn from the business, civic, and education communities with leading policy-makers and experts.  

Visit: World Affairs Councils of America for more information and conference speaker announcements. Discounted registration for Montana Council members. 

Distinguished Speakers Program 

“U.S. – Cuban Relations 1900-2015: 

The Best of Enemies” 

A Community Discussion with Ambassador

Vicki Huddleston (ret.) 

Monday, December 7th – 7:00 pm

University of Montana 3rd Floor University Center Ballroom

VJH 1Ambassador Huddleston was the Chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana from 1999 to 2002, during the custody battle between Fidel Castro and Cuban Americans over a five- year old child found floating on an inner tube in the Florida Straits. Ten years earlier she was Deputy Director and then promoted to Director of Cuban Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

As a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institute she wrote with Ambassador Carlos Pascual “Learning to Salsa – New Steps in U.S.- Cuban Relations” that provided a blue print for normalizing relations with Cuba, much of which President Obama followed.  

Vicki was the U.S. Ambassador to Mali and also to Madagascar and acting Ambassador in Ethiopia. She is a former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Africa.  Earlier in her career she held the same position at the Department of State. 

Vicki received the U.S. Department of State’s Distinguished Honor Award and a Presidential Meritorious Service award. Most recently, Ambassador Huddleston was Chief of Party for a USAID – funded development project in Haiti.  

She lives in Santa Fe, NM and is married to Bob Huddleston; they have two children, Robert and Alexandra.Vicki claims Montana roots: when she was a young she lived in Kalispell and Hungry Horse for a period of ten years, her grandfather was one of Kalispell’s founding fathers.

Roundtable Business Luncheon Series Sponsored by First Interstate Bank With Guest Speaker Dr. Andy David Israeli Consul General 

When: Tuesday, August 4th, 11:30am- 1:00pm

Where: First Interstate Bank Executive Board Room, Downtown Branch

Cost: $20 for Members/ $25 for Non-Members

Space is limited, call to RSVP today 406-728-3328 or email info@montanaworldaffairs.org

unnamedDr. Andy David, Israeli Consul General

Dr. Andy David began his appointment as Israel’s Consul General to the Pacific North-West in August 2012. In his last position he served as a policy advisor to the Foreign Minister. 

Since initiating his diplomatic career in Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1998, he has held domestic positions including: Central Asian Countries Coordinator, the Euro-Asia Department, (1999); Political Counselor and head of the Euro-Asia section in Israel’s Agency for International Cooperation (2002-2004), and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Deputy Spokesman (2008-2011). His overseas appointments include the positions of Deputy Head of Mission in Azerbaijan (1999 – 2001); Deputy Head of Mission in Hong-Kong (2001 -2002), And Deputy Consul General in Chicago and the Midwest (2004-2008). Dr. David has lectured at many universities in Israel and in the US, and pioneered a new cooperation initiative by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs In the field of Homeland Security together with different agencies at the federal, state and local levels in the US.

Dr. David was born in Romania and immigrated at the age of two with his family to Israel. He earned three degrees at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University: Doctor of Dental Medicine; Master of Science; and Bachelor of Medical Science, graduating magna cum laude. He then went on to lecture, instruct, research and practice for the Faculty of Dental Medicine at Hebrew University and was also a Medical Advisor for DENX Medical Device Company in Israel. Dr. David spent three years in the Israel Air Force and in RAFAEL, the Ministry of Defense’s Armament Development Authority. He is a graduate of the Executive Combating Terrorism program at the National Defense University in Washington D.C.

Dr. David believes that the California coast-line is second only to Israel as the perfect place for windsurfing, of which he has been an avid fan since the age of 13. He and his wife Ayelet are the proud parents of three children; Shir, Ron and Mika.

Global Competence Certification for Businesses 

Montana World Affairs Council and the Office of International Programs at UM present a special Global Competence Certification Program featuring Udo Fluck, PhD

When: March 19th from 9am to 2pm

Where: The Loft , 119 W. Main St.

Cost: $200/ person and $150/Council member

“Global Competence Certification for Businesses” with Udo Fluck, director of UM’s Global Gateway program. The two-part seminar designed for business owners, employees and individuals who want to enhance their cross-cultural competency. Advance registration required, check back for release of registration. The cost will include a catered lunch.

Sign up for this event today. 


“The Middle East and the US: What Went Wrong? The Hard Lessons of 1979″

Montana World Affairs Council and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UM (MOLLI) present a special MOLLI Community Program and World Affairs Council Distinguished Speakers Program featuring Ambassador Mark Johnson (ret.)

When: Wednesday, January 28th, 3:30pm

Where:  North Ballroom, 3rd floor University Center, University of Montana (link to map)

This program is free and open to the public; $5 suggested donation

Ambassador Mark Johnson (ret.) is the former Vice Chair of the US Center for Citizen Diplomacy and the former national Vice Chair of the World Affairs Councils of America in Washington, D.C. He has served as a Mansfield Adjunct Professor at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center of the University of Montana and in 2000, founded the Montana World Affairs Council, a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to connecting Montanans with the world around them.  Ambassador Johnson retired from the U.S. State Department after serving 30 years in a variety of foreign policy positions. He was United States Ambassador to Senegal from 1993-1996. At the time of his retirement, he was Deputy Inspector General of the State Department.

Mr. Johnson began his diplomatic career in Kuwait as a Commercial Attaché. He returned to Kuwait in 1991 as Deputy Chief of Mission to reopen the Embassy during the Desert Storm military campaign.  From 1989 – 1990, Mr. Johnson served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassy in Cairo, Egypt and was engaged in the Middle East peace process. From 1986 – 1989, Mr. Johnson held the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs.  His service in Africa includes postings in Kenya and Burkina Faso.  He served in the Office of Iranian Affairs and on the Iran Hostages Working Group from 1977 – 1980. In 1992, President George Bush awarded him the President’s Meritorious Service Award.  Mr. Johnson received a BSFS from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and an MA in International Economics from George Washington University.  He is a fourth generation Montanan and is married to Sally J. Cummins who is an Attorney-Adviser with the US State Department. They live in Lolo, Montana.