The Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington and the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies at City College of New York have inaugurated their first collaborative, semi-annual series of workshops designed to produce cutting-edge analyses of world affairs. The program was established and conceived by Dr. Mary Callahan, Director of the Center for International Studies, and Dr. Vince Boudreau, Professor at City College. In our first conference, we examined the role of the international community in ~SBuilding Democracy~T in oppressive, unstable, or transitional polities around the world. The first four-day workshop was held on the campus of City College in New York City and ran from April 13th thru 17th, 2005. The second workshop will be held in October, 2005 at the University of Washington. These innovative ~SBuilding Democracy~T workshops provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to be part of professional academic conferences. During the April conference, keynote speakers presented drafts of their papers, and these presentations were followed by discussion and debate involving professional scholars and undergraduates. These papers will be published in a peer-reviewed journal after our second conference in October. The students from the University of Washington and Colin Powell Fellows from City College have collaborated to design two projects for the Democracy Building Workshop: a short documentary film and an interactive, informational website. The film targets those nearing voting age, primarily high school seniors and young undergraduate students. The website will be a valuable academic resource for anyone researching democracy around the world. The website will include lectures and articles from the workshops, articles written by undergraduate students, video clips of our film, and other resources. These two finished products could compliment lesson plans for classes These two finished products could compliment lesson plans for classes that focus on governmental or international political issues. The film will cover the democratization of transitional regions of the world and includes various case studies. These case studies include: Egypt, El Salvador, Ukraine, Russia, and Rwanda. Since we are striving to create an unbiased educational tool, we will provide students with accurate facts for formulating their own opinions. An open ended conclusion, explaining the complicated nature of transitioning to democracy, will hopefully empower the students to research their own conclusions.