Due to travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 virus, the workshop was held online.

After a round of introductions, project participants and experts discussed the project plan, deliverables, and individual contributions by the expert team. The project covers all eight existing de facto states that have a patron: Abkhazia, Donetsk, Luhansk, Nagorno-Karabakh, Northern Cyprus, South Ossetia, Taiwan and Transnistria.

Project deliverables include surveys in all eight de-facto states, an edited volume, and peer-reviewed articles in international journals. In addition, the team will engage in a number of outreach activities, including public seminars, op-eds, policy briefs, and podcasts.