Captain (Dr) Sibapada Rath

Captain (Dr) Sibapada Rath

Research Fellow

Areas of Research

  • Modernisation of the PLA Navy
  • Security issues in the Indo Pacific
  • Naval dynamics in East Africa and West Asia


Captain (Dr.) Sibapada Rath was commissioned into the Education Branch of Indian Navy in Jan 1996. The officer has served as the Senior Education Officer, INS Valsura (at Jamnagar, Gujarat) and Command Education Officer at Headquarters, Andaman and Nicobar Command, Port Blair, besides other appointments. He has completed interpreter-ship course in Chinese language from the School of Foreign Languages, New Delhi. As a keen writer, he has contributed regularly to various service and civil magazines. He was awarded Doctorate in Political Science (Title of thesis “China’s Naval Modernisation Programme: Strategic Implications on India’s Maritime Interests and Security) from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar in June 2018.

He has been appointed by Indian Navy as Visiting Faculty of Naval War College Goa from 01 Jun 2020 for a period of two years.

He held the role of the Executive Editor of the peer-reviewed journal “Maritime Affairs” from June 2019 to December 2020


  • Ph.D. from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar. The title of his Ph. D. thesis was “China’s Naval Modernisation Programme: Strategic Implications on India’s Maritime Interests and Security”
  • M.Phil. in Diplomatic Studies from School of International Studies, JNU (1993-1995)
  • M.A. in International Relations from School of International Studies, JNU (1991-1993)
  • Interpretership course in Chinese language from the School of Foreign Languages, New Delhi (2000 to 2002)
  • UGC (National Eligibility Test in Political Science in June 1993 and December 1993)


Commander Rath has made various presentations on Maritime Issues to the cadets of Sainik School, Korukonda, Sainik School, Bhubaneswar and Oakridge International School, Visakhapatnam.

  • Emerging Trends in the Indo-Pacific : Policy Options for India” to The Association of Political Science ARSD College, University of Delhi on 26-27 Mar 2021.
  • China in the Western Indian Ocean : Security Implications on India” to the PG/M. Phil  students of the University of Mumbai on 25 Oct 2021.
  • The maritime Dynamics of China in the Indian Ocean Region” to the B Tech students of IIT Guwahati on 02 Nov 2021.
  • China in the Indian Ocean Region : Security Implications on India” as a VIP Guest Speaker at the Indian Defence Conclave 2021 on 02-03 Dec  2021.

All Publications

  1. China’s tryst with Aircraft Carrier, Naval Despatch, 2013
  2. Maritime Strategy of India and China : Influence of Alfred Thayer Mahan, Naval War College Journal, 2014.
  3. Security Dilemma between China and India in the Indian and Pacific Ocean, Journal Of Research Innovation And Management Science, Volume III, Issue I, 2017.
  4. Changing of Missions of Chinese and Indian Navies, Journal Of Research Innovation And Management Science, Volume IV, Issue II, 2017.
  5. Structure of Sino-Indian Relations and Emerging Maritime Orientation of China and India, Journal of Centre of Excellence, June 2017.
  6. Published a paper titled “role of kalinga in the ancient south east asia trade – a civilisational linkage” in the dilli series of seminar in ina ezhimala in 2018.
  7. Published a paper titled “Alfred Thayer Mahan and India’s Maritime Strategy” in the Dilli Series of seminar at Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala, Kerala in 2020.
  8. The European Union (EU) – India Think Tanks Twinning Initiative has selected an Approach Paper titled “Role of EU and India in Nurturing the Vanilla Islands as an International Tourist Destination” for their Experts Workshop held on 15 March 2021.
  9. Strategic Significance of the Mozambique Channel for India in the Indian Naval Despatch 2021.
  10. Ports of Ancient Odisha : The Connecting Link with  South-East Asia and Beyond in the Dilli Seminar Compendium in 2021.
  1. Edited the maiden Coffee Table Book titled “Andaman and Nicobar Command: Victory Through Jointness” in 2014, published by M/s Akshay Media Pvt. Ltd. New Delhi.
  2. Published an article in the book titled “India’s Engagement with the Global Powers: Issues and Challenges” published on   01 January 2020 by M/s Writers’ Choice, New Delhi. ISBN-13: 978-9384081317, Available on Amazon