Sumathy Permal is currently a Senior Researcher with the Maritime Institute of Malaysia. She obtained her degree in International Relations from the University of Malaya in 1999 and also has completed Masters by Research on Strategic and International Relations in University Malaya in 2015. Ms. Permal has presented her views on maritime security at various national and international fora including at the Study Group for the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP), International Security and Strategic Studies – Centre for Strategic and International Studies (ISIS-CSIS) Study Group, Ms. Permal’s research areas are on geo-strategic developments in the Asia Pacific, traditional and non-traditional security issues in Southeast Asia. Sumathy Permal is on the editorial board of the Australian Journal of Maritime & Ocean Affairs, Australia. She was also the International Expert Panel for National Bureau of Asian Research and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA on Maritime Awareness Program, 2016; and Professional Fellow On-Demand Exchange Program by the U.S. Department of State for Think-Tank in Asia.
Her recent publication includes The Straits of Malacca: A Critical Sea lanes in the Indian Ocean, in Pentagon’s Yearbook, Malaysia’s Diplomatic and Security Responses in Fu-Kuo Liu and Jonathan Spangler (eds.), South China Sea Lawfare, China’s Military Capability and Anti Access Area Denial Operations, published by Rutledge, Maritime Cooperation With United States And China: Examination on The Contemporary Issues and Challenges for Malaysia and Preventive Diplomacy in the South China Sea, Journal of Malaysian Defence and Security (MIDAS India’s Look East Policy and Maritime Cooperation in Southeast Asia, in India and Southeast Asia, Strategic Convergence in the Twenty-first Century, Manohar Publishers & Distributors, New Delhi, 2012; and co-author in Regional Maritime Security Environment: the Malaysian Perspective, Southeast Asia and the Rise of Chinese and Indian Naval Power, Between rising naval powers, Rutledge Security in Asia Series, 2010.