Eerishika Pankaj ( is Head of Research and Operations Director at Organisation for Research on China and Asia (ORCA). She is also an Editorial and Research Assistant to the Series Editor for Routledge Series on Think Asia. Ms. Pankaj is a Young Leader in the 2020 cohort of the Pacific Forum’s Young Leaders Program and is also a Commissioning Editor with E-International Relations for their Political Economy section. She previously worked as a Research Associate at Synergia Foundation in Bangalore, India and has interned with Delhi Policy Group (DPG), New Delhi, India. She is an East Asian studies scholar who focuses on Chinese foreign and domestic policies, conflict studies in the Asian security landscape, Indian foreign policy focused on its neighbourhood outreach and the Indo-Pacific security environment. She can be reached @eerishika on Twitter.