Captain (Dr) Gurpreet Singh Khurana

Captain (Dr) Gurpreet Singh Khurana

Former Executive Director & Senior Fellow


Since his Research Fellowship at IDSA (2004-2008), he has authored more than 50 papers on China’s maritime strategy; naval, strategic and geopolitical issues; maritime law and maritime history. He formulated seminal naval doctrine and strategy documents like Indian Maritime Doctrine 2009 and Handbook on Law of Maritime Operations in three volumes (2013), receiving the naval chief’s commendation. Accredited to be the first to use the term ‘Indo-Pacific’ in the contemporary geopolitical discourse, he has authored three books: “Maritime Forces in Pursuit of National Security” (2008), “Porthole: Geopolitical, Strategic and Maritime Terms and Concepts” (2016) and “The Indo-Pacific Region: The Emerging Geopolitical and Security Environment” (2018). He has also co-edited 11 books. From 2014 to 2019, he was Executive Director of NMF. He represented India as co-chair of the CSCAP Study Group on maritime and aeronautical SAR (2015-16), and as leader of Indian delegation at 4th Indian Ocean Dialogue at Abu Dhabi in Oct 17. He takes lectures for military higher command courses, and for University students in India and abroad. He is currently heading the Navy’s Centre on China Maritime Studies at Visakhapatnam, and is also a visiting Professor at the Naval War College, Goa. His work is available at



Ser Subject/Topic Journal/Magazine/Book/ Monographs/ Remarks
1 Economic Dimension of US ‘Rebalance’: A ‘Back-Door’ to China’s Containment? View Point, 29 May 14
2 Philippines-Indonesia Maritime Boundary Agreement: an Analysis View Point, 30 May 14
3 India’s Maritime Neighbourhood Policy Brief, Jul 14
4 Malabar Naval Exercises: Trends and Tribulations Issue Brief, 05 Aug 14
5 US-Japan Disaster Response Plans in Asia: A View from the Indian Ocean Region’ View Point, 13 Nov 14
6 China’s Maritime-strategic Presence in IOR: Geopolitical, Geoeconomic and Security Import Maritime Affairs,Winter 2014
7 China in the Arctic: Awaiting the ‘Rising Tide’? View Point ,23 Dec 14
8 The Maritime ‘Rise’ of Indonesia: Indicators, Intentions and Inferences View Point, 16 Jan 15
9 India’s Approach to China’s Maritime Silk Road: An Alternative View View Point, 17 Feb 15
10 India Needs Sea-based ‘Active’ Deterrence against State-Sponsored Terrorism View Point, 25 Mar 15



Ser Subject/Topic Journal/Magazine/Book/ Monographs/ Remarks
1 Porthole: A Compendium of Geopolitical, Strategic and Maritime Terms and Concepts’ Pentagon Press, New Delhi: 2015
2 China, India and ‘Maritime Silk Road: Seeking a Confluence’ Maritime Affairs, Spring 2015
3 The Emerging Threat of ‘Maritime Jihad’ off India’s Western Seaboard’, Defence and Security Alert DSA Journal, April 2015
4 Maritime Security Challenges Seminar  670 Journal, June 2015
5 India-Singapore Defence Cooperation: Exploring Strategic and Functional Compatibilities RSIS, Singapore Edited Book.


6 The Evolving Security Environment in the Asia’ in Gurpreet Khurana and Antara Ghoshal (eds.) India and China: Exploring Convergences in Asia’ NMF, New Delhi, 2015
7 Geopolitics of China’s ‘Maritime Silk Road’ Concept: An Indian Perspective’ NMF-RSIS Edited Book titled ‘China’s Maritime Silk Road and Asia’, 2016.
8 China in the Indian Ocean: Foreign Policy and Maritime Power’, in Vijay Sakhuja and Kapil Narula (eds.) Maritime Dynamics in the Indo-Pacific, 2016


9 Common Public Good at Sea: Evolving Architecture in the Indo-Pacific Region’, in Vijay Sakhuja and Kapil Narula (eds.) 2016) Partnering Across Oceans (NMF, New Delhi: pp.63-72. ISBN: 978-81-930159-4-0


10 China’s MSR: Beyond Economics  NMF View-Point, 16 Apr 15


11 India Yemen Evacuation: An Evolving Doctrine  NMF Issue Brief, 21 May 15


12 China Challenges the Unipolar World Order: An Assessment of China’s Defence White Paper 2014 NMF View-Point, 03 Jun 15


13 China’s Yuan-class Submarine Visits Karachi: An Assessment  NMF View-Point, 24 Jul 15
14 Sea-based’ PLA Navy may not need ‘String of Pearls’ in the Indian Ocean’ NMF View-Point, 03 Aug 15
15 Indo-Asia Pacific’ Explained: ‘An Assessment of US Maritime Strategy 2015’  NMF View-Point, 21 Aug 15
16 AUSINDEX-2015: Australia ‘Pivots’ to the Indian Ocean NMF View-Point, 12 Oct 15
17 Net Security Provider’ Defined: An Analysis of India’s New Maritime Strategy-2015 NMF View-Point, 23 Nov 15
18 South Sea Fleet: The Emerging ‘Lynchpin’ of China’s Naval Power Projection in the Indo-Pacific NMF Issue Brief, 10 Feb 16.
19 First China-India Maritime Dialogue: Beyond ‘Icebreaking’ NMF View-Point, 23 Feb 16.
20 Indian Navy Updates Indian Maritime Doctrine 2009 NMF View-Point, 22 Mar 16
21 China as an Indian Ocean Power: Trends and Implications Maritime Affairs, Summer Edition 2016
22 America’s Expectation versus India’s Expediency: India as a Regional ‘Net Security Provider’ NMF View-Point, 04 Apr16
23 China as an Indian Ocean Power: Trends and Implications Maritime Affairs, Summer 2016
24 China in the Indian Ocean: Foreign Policy and Maritime Power” Published in Vijay Sakhuja & Kapil Narula (eds.) Maritime Dynamics in the Indo-Pacific (Vij Books India/ NMF, New Delhi: 2016)
25 Geopolitics of China’s ‘Maritime Silk Road’ Concept: An Indian Perspective Published in Vijay Sakhuja & Jane Chan (eds.) China’s Maritime Silk Road and Asia (Vij Books India/ NMF, New Delhi: 2016)
26 China and Freedom of Navigation in South China Sea: The Context of International Tribunal’s Verdict NMF View-Point, 19 July16
27 A Void and a Challenge: Rules of Engagement at Sea in Low-Intensity Conflict Environment Maritime Affairs, Winter 2016
28 Indo-US Logistics Agreement LEMOA: An Assessment NMF View-Point, 08 Sep16
29 China delivers Submarines to Bangladesh: Imperatives, Intentions and Implications NMF View-Point, 28 Nov 16
30 Will Donald Trump Rebalance the ‘Rebalance to Asia’? NMF View-Point, 18 Jan 17
31 The ‘Indo-Pacific’ Concept: Retrospect and Prospect NMF Issue Brief, 02 Feb 17
32 A Void and a Challenge: Rules of Engagement at Sea in a Low-Intensity Conflict Environment Maritime Affairs, Winter Edition 2016
33 Maritime Perspectives 2016 (Edited Book) Edited Book with Dr Vijay Sakhuja
34 India-China Convergences in Asia (Dialogue Series) (NMF-AWW) Capt (Dr) Gurpreet S Khurana & Ms Antara Ghosal Singh
35 Porthole: Geopolitical, Strategic & Maritime Terms & Concepts (Book). Book: Capt (Dr) Gurpreet S Khurana
36 Maritime Perspectives – 2015 Book: Dr Vijay Sakhuja & Capt Gurpreet S Khurana
Ser Subject/Topic Journal/Magazine
1 “The Focus is on Indo-Pacific”, Aviation and Defence Review (June 2018 Issue) at View%20Profile/636661962200993580.pdf NMF Commentary,

03 July 2018,

2 “Relevance of Aircraft Carriers for India: An Assessment”, at View%20 Profile/636669650568526596.pdf NMF commentary

12 Jul 18,

3 “BIMSTEC and Maritime Security: Issues, Imperatives and the Way Ahead”, , at View%20Profile/636781234421341565.pdf NMF Issue Brief

16 Nov 2018

4 “China and the South China Sea Arbitration: Analyses in the Indo-Pacific Context”, , at View%20Profile/636815534849570738.pdf NMF Issue Brief (joint authorship),  28 December 2018
5 “India’s Evolving Coastal Security Architecture: A Case for a New Central Force”,   at http://www.maritimeindia. org/View%20Profile/636941857756666399.pdf NMF Policy Brief, 23 May 2019
Ser Subject/ Topic Journal/ Magazine
1 “Multilateral Structures in the Indian Ocean: Review and Way Ahead”, Maritime Affairs (Routledge), ISSN: 0973-3159, Summer 2018.
2 “What is the Indo-Pacific? The New Geopolitics of the Asia-Centred Rim Land”, at https://www.ispionline. it/sites/default/files/ pubblicazioni/indo-pacific_web_0.pdf Published by Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale (ISPI) (Institute for International Political Studies) as lead chapter, in Axel Berkofski and Sergio Miracola (eds.) Geopolitics by Other Means. The Indo-Pacific Reality (February 2019: Ledizioni LediPublishing, Milano, Italy),
3 “The ‘Indo-Pacific’ Idea: Origins, Conceptualisations and the Way Ahead”, Published in ‘The Indo-Pacific Report 2019’ (February 2019: National Maritime Foundation, New Delhi).
4 “India as a Challenge to China’s BRI”, Asia Policy, National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), Seattle, Washington DC, Volume 14(2), Apr 19, pp. 27-33, at