Prakash GOPALPrakash Gopal

Office: Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS), ITAMS, University of Wollongong, NSW, 2522, Australia

Degree Program: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
PhD Thesis Title: Littoral Security: An examination of the concept, and a comparative study of Australian and Indian architectures

Dr Chris Rahman, Principal Research Fellow
Commodore (Dr) Jack McCaffrie (RAN Retd), Honorary Principal Fellow


Prakash Gopal is a former Indian Navy officer, having retired from active service in April 2018, after 21 years of distinguished service. Commissioned into the Indian Navy in 1997, he is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla, India and the Australian Command and Staff Course, Canberra, Australia. He has served onboard major frontline ships of the Indian Navy and has also Commanded, INS Ajay – an Anti-Submarine Corvette. He has served as an instructor in the Signal School at Kochi and was also the Joint Director (Policy) at the Directorate of Personnel in Naval Headquarters. He has been involved in strategic policy formulation within the Navy, as also in the Coast Guard, where he served as the naval assistant to the Director-General. He has been commended twice by the Chief of the Naval Staff for distinguished service, in 2005 and 2013.
From 2016-18, he was a research fellow at the National Maritime Foundation, New Delhi, which is India’s only maritime-focused think-tank. He was also a visiting Faculty at the Foreign Services Institute, New Delhi, where he took classes on the Law of the Sea for foreign diplomats. He holds a Master’s degree in Maritime Studies from the University of Wollongong, Australia; a Master’s degree in Telecommunications from Cochin University of Science and Technology, India; and a Bachelor’s degree in Science from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, India.

Research interests:

Maritime Security, International Maritime Cooperation, Law of the Sea, Oceans Governance.


  • “The ‘2+2’ India-US dialogue and the maritime tango in the Indo-Pacific”, The Strategist, Australian Strategic Power Institute, 2 October 2018.
  •  “India’s Navy: between carriers and patrol boats”, The Interpreter, Lowy Institute, 11 September 2018.
  •  “Constructive Maritime Engagement in the Indo-Pacific: India’s Means and Ends”, National Maritime Power: Concepts, Constituents and Catalysts, eds. Chauhan, Pradeep and Khurana, Gurpreet, Pentagon Press, New Delhi, 2018.
  •  “India-Israel Relations: A Naval Perspective”, Strategic Analysis, Vol 41(4), IDSA, Taylor and Francis, New Delhi, June 2017, pp 341-47.
  •  “Maritime Security in the Indo-Pacific: The Role of US and its Allies”, Maritime Affairs, Vol 13(1), Summer 2017, pp 27-40.
  •  “Defence Spending in South Asia: Analysis and Trends”, South Asia Defence and Strategic Perspective 2016, ed. Sakhuja, V., Pentagon Press, New Delhi, 2017.
  •  “Book Review: Shipping Industry in India - colonialism to globalisation (a spatio-temporal analysis)”, Maritime Affairs, Vol 12 (2), Winter 2016, pp. 109-111.
  •  “Navies and Maritime Militia: an Unequal Contest”, Maritime Perspectives 2016, eds. Sakhuja, V. and Khurana, G.S., National Maritime Foundation, New Delhi, 2017, pp. 81-83.
  • “South China Sea: The Future of International Arbitration”, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Diplomatist, Vol 4(7), July 2016, pp. 8-10.
Last reviewed: 24 October, 2018