Discussion highlights conflict in Ukraine

first_imgThe Hesburgh Center for International Studies hosted the event “Dinner and Discussion: The Crisis in Ukraine,” a discussion that focused on Russia, Ukraine and the political and ideological motivations that encompassed them on Tuesday evening.The discussion was led by Russian scholar Alexander Martin and leading international relations scholar Dan Lindley, who are both fellows of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies. The pair attempted to explain the historical, political and ideological relationship Russia has with Ukraine, Europe and NATO.Martin said while there are similarities between the crisis in Crimea and the Cold War, there exists a failure to understand the Russian political system.“Russia is not a dictatorship in the sense that you might assume,”  Martin said. “The Russian government is a political machine. It’s a system in which multiple groups have to work together, but that is dominated by a small number of people, particularly Vladimir Putin”.Martin said Russia’s political system is largely influenced by people who occupy positions in the military, police and other occupations relating to defense and security, which is influential in international relations.“The people who dominate the Russian political system are people whose careers have mostly been spent in what Russians call the ‘power ministry,’ [where the] people’s number one concern has been national security. That leads them to view international affairs in terms of threats,” he said.Russia’s history and ideological viewpoint is crucial to understanding the events in Crimea, Martin said, for Russia is not just a nation, but a multinational empire.”[Russia] is a state with a unique purpose and a unique destiny,” Martin said. “Russians see themselves as having a special role or mission that is reflected in Russian orthodoxy and Soviet socialism.”Lindley mainly discussed the relationship between Russia and NATO. NATO created part of the problematic relationship between the U.S and Russia, Lindley said, due to its role in the fall of the Soviet Union.“The U.S looks at events in Crimea and the Ukraine from two main perspectives: liberal internationalism and conservative primacy,” Lindley said.Lindley defined liberal internationalism as an ideology centered on spreading western values and democracy to other countries, while conservative primacy places more importance on America’s relative position of power in the world.  Both views support NATO expansion in countries bordering Russia, yet fail to understand the implications, he said.“Both are wrong and both are dangerous in their approach and explanations to what’s going on.” Lindley said. Tags: alexander martin, Cold War, Crimea, dan lindley, dinner and discussion, Hesburgh Center for International Studies, nanovic institute fellows, nato, power ministry, Russia, russian political system, the crisis in ukraine, Ukrainelast_img read more

Report: Violent Crimes Increased Last Year In The City Of Jamestown

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now / MGN Online GraphicJAMESTOWN – The number of crimes increased more than 30 percent in the City of Jamestown last year.That’s according to data in the Jamestown Police Department’s 2020 report released on Friday.In the last year the estimated number of total crimes increased 31.4 percent from the year before. However, property crimes dropped 1.9 percent.The number of violent crimes increased from 191 in 2019 to 251 in 2020; while the amount of property crimes decreased from 1,142 in 2019 to 1,120 in 2020. “I am proud of our police officers and staff working to ensure the safety of city residents,” said Chief of Police Tim Jackson in a statement from the city. “Any increase in crime, especially violent crime, is concerning, but also in line with what the rest of the country saw during the COVID-19 crisis.”Jackson says going into the new year, his department will focus on connecting with the community more; by establishing a citizen’s police academy and youth mentoring program.“The Jamestown Police Department will continue in its efforts to be more open, transparent, and honest with the community,” he said. “With a number of different programs that we have begun in 2020 and starting in 2021, I am looking forward to continuing the outreach that is necessary to build up trust between the community and police force.”The force is also working with city leaders to complete the Governor’s Police Reform Initiative.“In the most difficult of years, I am extremely proud by the work and service our police officers and staff provided to the City and its residents,” said Mayor Eddie Sundquist. “I am excited about the community outreach initiatives that Chief Jackson has promoted to help foster a better and more connected relationship between the public and the police force.”Among accomplishments the department’s touts in 2020, was an increased focus on community engagement, a return to the ‘beat’ with 400-foot patrols conducted throughout the year, and increased collaboration between the Chautauqua County Sherriff’s Office and the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force.Viewers can read the full report posted below:Failed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more infolast_img read more