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Bi-weekly – Week 2 ; Monday ; 2pm – 4pm

Term 1 – via Zoom; Term 2 – Tartu (tbc)

The workshop will cover a number of subjects, including addressing the tensions within a democracy (populism, protecting the interests of minorities, intolerance etc.), the mechanisms needed for moving from dictatorship to democracy (eg Poland, Spain, Iraq and The Gambia) and the safeguards needed to minimize the risk of democracies sliding into dictatorships. 

Using ideas from Conflict Resolution theory and practice, conflict remediation at the international level, nation reconciliation (e g Rwanda and South Africa) and the role of outside intervention such as UN, NATO and coalitions of the willingwill be examined. 

Each participant will be expected to make a 20-minute presentation on a topic such as Does Proportional Representation Enhance Democracy?, Is Singapore the Model for Democracy in Asia?, ‘The UNs R2P (Responsibility to Protect) Doctrineand What Went Wrong in Venezuela?’ 


Stephen Johnson ( is a Chartered Accountant and is the co- founder of a Toronto asset management company. He is interested in history, current affairs and has facilitated both the Equality and Inequality workshop and the current Democracy and Conflict Resolution workshop. 

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Workshop Notes and Topics