Dr.W.Lawrence S.Prabhakar is Associate Professor, International Relations and Strategic Studies, Department of Political Science Madras Christian College, Chennai, India. He specializes in academic and policy research on the following areas: Nuclear Missile issues in Southern Asia; on Maritime Security issues in the Indian Ocean and the Asia-Pacific Region, Grand Strategy of China and on research in India-United States Strategic Relations; Grand Strategy of India.
Dr Prabhakar affirms his conviction on the indispensable primacy of the Holy Bible in determining world affairs.
His primary interest on Nuclear weapons has featured in his projects with Henry Stimson Center, Washington DC USA; Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington DC USA and with the Institut de Relations Internationales et Stratégiques, Paris, France
His books are Growth of Naval Power in the Indian Ocean Region: Dynamics and Transformation (New Delhi: National Maritime Foundation, 2016) The Maritime Balance of Power in the Asia-Pacific: Maritime Doctrines and Nuclear Weapons At Sea (Singapore: World Scientific Publications, August 2006)., Maritime Security in the Indian Ocean Region: Critical Issues of Debate (New Delhi: Tata-McGraw Hill 2008)
He is Consultant and Doctoral Program Advisor for the research programmes of the Naval War College, INS Mandovi, Goa,
He is co-supervisor, PhD programme, China Studies Centre, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology-Madras
Other endeavours: Distinguished Fellow, Institute of National Security Studies, Sri Lanka, Colombo; Board of Advisors, Institute of Transnational Studies, Landshut, Bavaria, Germany; Founding Member, Centre for Security Analysis, (An Independent Non-profit Policy Think Tank) Chennai, India. (2002-2014); Visiting Professor, Department of Geopolitics and International Relations, Manipal University, Manipal. (2009-2013); Adjunct Senior Fellow, Centre for Asian Strategic Studies, New Delhi, India (Since 2009); Media Commentator on Asia-Pacific Strategic Issues, BBC World Service, London, UK;
He was Co-chair of the International Working Group on Weapons of Mass Destruction and Border Security, Regional Network of Strategic Studies Centres, Near East and South Asia, National Defense University, Washington DC, USA and also worked in the International Working Group on Nuclear Weapons, Energy and Security.
He has been consulted on several projects by the Net Assessment Directorate, Chiefs of Staff Committee Ministry of Defence, Govt. of India with principal authorship in the following projects i) “The Role of the Dragon: Strategic Role and Posture of China in the India-Pakistan Conflict Spectrum” in the Simulation-cum-Scenario Development Exercise: India-Pakistan Conflict Spectrum Under the Nuclear Backdrop at the Army War College, Mhow Feb 2003;ii) “Extra-regional Naval Presence and Posture: Implications for the Indian Navy” in the Project Regional Maritime Balance in Indian Ocean 2020;iii) Escalation Dynamics Based on Nuclear Doctrines and Force Postures in Southern Asia (March 2004).
His earlier research fellowships have been at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies 2004-05 where he worked on his first book; taught at S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (2007); besides the other fellowships were the Fulbright Fellowship at the Center for Political Studies, Institute of Social Research, University of Michigan Ann Arbor Policy Research Fellowships at Visiting Fellow, The Henry Stimson Center, Washington DC USA, where he worked on “The Draft Indian Nuclear Doctrine: Perspectives of Regional & Global Nuclear Powers” May-August 2001 ;In this stint he also worked on “Indian Security Perspectives of the PLA Navy in South Asia” for the Center for Naval Analysis, Alexandria Virginia USA.. Other research assignments have been with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington DC and the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, Honolulu, Hawaii, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
His numerous other publications have appeared in reputed international and national journals and edited volumes.