Kartik Bommakanti

Kartik Bommakanti

Senior Fellow with the Strategic Studies Programme, ORF

Six Takeaways for India from Russia-Ukraine Conflict

Six Takeaways for India from Russia-Ukraine Conflict
The ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, visibly evident in the bloody fighting in the Ukrainian town of Bakhmut, has again drawn attention to the constant – war is the ultima ratio or the supreme arbiter in international politics. International politics takes place in the shadow of war, and force in international politics is timeless, remaining a viable instrument of statecraft.There are six key takeaways for India from the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

Defence and Union Budget

Defence and Union Budget
Budget made for capital expenditure must increase if India is to keep pace with China's rising military might. India’s tumultuous and volatile strategic environment showed no signs of abating in intensity. New Delhi continues to face a two-front challenge from both of its primary foes, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Pakistan, notwithstanding the latter’s recent conciliatory overtures, which are only a smokescreen to tide over its dire economic vulnerabilities.

Surge in Global Arms Sales: Who is the Prime Gainer?

Surge in Global Arms Sale: Who is the Prime Gainer
A significant shift away from the world’s major weapons-producing region is underway, with impressive gains for China and to an extent India. The world witnessed a significant surge in arms sales from countries in the Asia-Oceania region in 2021. Despite supply-related disruptions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, arms sales by the 100 most important weapons manufacturing companies stood at $592 billion, representing an increase of 1.9 percent from 2020.