The Montana World Affairs Council is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering global understanding and awareness in Montana’s communities and classrooms.

Our Story

The Montana Council was established in 2000, by Ambassador Mark Johnson, (retired), a fourth generation Montanan, with a simple goal — to provide fellow Montanans with greater opportunities to understand the world around them. He wanted to convey, through a range of programs, that the world around us and beyond, still has great relevance for all Montanans, and that each individual, regardless of where they live or what they do, can have an impact and effect change locally and also on a global scale. Ambassador Johnson wanted to bring the world to Montana and Montana to the world.

Over the past nearly two decades, the Council has hosted or co-sponsored over 300 community and school programs across the state. Our education programs are statewide, although our main office is in Missoula.  A wide range of programs have now grown outward across Montana, reaching schools and classrooms in over thirty counties and on five reservations. We have hosted more than 35 Council in the Classroom interactive video-conference programs, which has connected nearly 3000 students from 38 different schools with international experts on a wide range of topics.

From Wolf Point to Stanford, Missoula to Columbia Falls, Helena to Bozeman and Billings to Plevna, Council programs provide opportunities to think critically and to engage in conversations about international affairs and responsible global citizenship and diplomacy.

“When people come together peacefully, eventually so will nations.” – President Eisenhower