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Patrick Mendis

Patrick Mendis, a former Rajawali senior fellow of the Kennedy School of Government’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, is an associate-in-research of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University.

Dr. Mendis is the author of several books, including, Peaceful War: How the Chinese Dream and American Destiny Create a Pacific New World Order (2014), Commercial Providence: The Secret Destiny of the American Empire (2010), and Trade for Peace (2009). (

He served as a Pentagon professor and US diplomat during the Clinton and Bush administrations, and is currently serving as a commissioner to the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO at the State Department, an appointment by the Obama administration.

Professor Mendis previously worked in the Minnesota House of Representatives, the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the World Bank, and the United Nations. The views expressed above are his own and do not necessarily represent the views of the Harvard University or the United States Government.

Articles by Patrick Mendis

Benjamin Franklin, Wall Builder: Trump’s Role Model?

As the U.S. Congress contemplates Trump’s wall, it ought to remember the enlightened vision of the founding fathers.

February 6, 2019

The Xi-Modi Summit: A New “Pacific” Asian Century Without America?

The “Chindia reset” may gradually have a transformative effect on China—leaving the founding vision of America for a “Pacific” Asia behind.

May 6, 2018

Trump and America’s China Problem

While the U.S. President grandstands, the Chinese leadership changes global power dynamics – by stealing a page from American history.

November 7, 2017

America’s Anti-Democracy Message to the World

How President Trump’s irrepressible love for illiberal nations from Saudi Arabia to Russia hollows out the U.S. standing in the world.

May 27, 2017

The Indo-Pacific Century

Will Sri Lanka be the flagship nation of a new dynamic?

May 8, 2016

Who Can Contain China When U.S. Policy Fails?

A mutual prosperity doctrine is a better solution for U.S.-China relations in the 21st century.

May 1, 2016