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 founded in 2000, by Ambassador Mark Johnson (ret.), a fourth generation Montanan, with a simple goal: to provide his fellow Montanans with opportunities to better understand the world around them. He wanted to convey, through a range of programs, that the world was not a far off place with little relevance to Montanans, but that each individual, regardless of where they live, can make and have an impact and effect change not only locally but also on a global scale. Ambassador Johnson wanted to bring the world to Montana and Montana to the world.

Over the past 18 years, the Council has hosted or co-sponsored over 300 community and school programs across the state. Our education programs have grown outward from Missoula, reaching schools and classrooms in over thirty counties and five reservations. We have hosted more than 30 Council in the Classroom interactive video-conferencing programs, connecting more than 2500 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