"The focus of the seminar was on South Africa, whose nature can be characterised as transformed, yet still transforming, but one that has effected shifts from a closed, exclusionary society structurally defined by racial oppression functionally operating on the basis of exploitation and subjugation - to one that is open,democratic and underpinned by a mutually reinforcing set of rights and responsibilities. In such a changed and changing context, there are obvious ways in which antagonistic relations of yore are transformed into relationships of potential co-operation rather than obstructionist opposition, constructive engagement rather than debilitating conflict."