How the Chinese Dream and the American Destiny Create a Pacific New World Order

“No international strategic relationship is more important or more consequential than that between the United States and China—now and as far as we can reasonably see into the future. . . . Anyone seeking a holistic understanding of the Sino-U.S. relationship—and where it might be heading—should read this book.” —CIA Director JOHN MCLAUGHLIN, former acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency

Peacceful War book cover“A dazzling analysis, full of history, philosophy, ironic similarities and unusual distinctions, fears and hopes, but mostly dreams—the kind of dreams Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nelson Mandela dreamed. For that reason and more, Peaceful War is worth reading.” —Colonel LAWRENCE WILKERSON, former chief of staff to U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell

“Luminously situated President Obama’s Asia pivot . . . in a rich historical context . . . that is often lost in geopolitical writing.” —Senator THOMAS DASCHLE, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader

“Meticulously researched, this unprecedented study of the evolving Sino-American relations is timely, levelheaded, and fair above all else.” —HARVARD INTERNATIONAL REVIEW

“Another landmark work comparing Chinese and American national discourses and the future of their relations.” —Professor SHEN DINGLI, Fudan University

“[This book] is a breakthrough that is powerful, inspiring, and visionary. . . . the world should read this book and heed Dr. Mendis’ wise counsel.” —Professor WANG DONG, Peking University

“His insightful observations shed new light on today’s China-U.S. relations and the future of Pacific world order. This makes his book particularly unique. . . . both nations could learn to appreciate each other better.” —Professor CHUANJIE ZHANG, Tsinghua University

“Dr. Mendis brings all students of international relations into a long journey of rational soul searching.” —Professor ALEXANDER HUANG, Tamkang University

“An innovative analysis that is wise, welcome, and timely.” —Dr. WEI HONGXIA, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

“The highest compliment a reader can give an author is to think: ‘I wish I’d said that.’ This imaginative and optimistic book provokes numerous responses of this sort. Mendis counsels historical awareness, cultural sensitivity, and humility as Americans peer across the Pacific to a China intent upon assuming its rightful place in the world. It’s hard to think of better advice.” —Dr. ROBERT HATHAWAY, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

“An important book that changes the way we think about these two superpowers.” —Dr. SHIRO ARMSTRONG, Australian National University and editor of the East Asia Forum

“A timely and valuable examination . . . His innovative work sheds light [by] using the American experience to elucidate some of the compelling internal challenges that lie ahead for the government and the people of China.” —Dean ERIC SCHWARTZ, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

“This book is an important guide for broader policy dialogue among strategic thinkers in both Beijing and Washington.” —Dean EDWARD RHODES, School of Public Policy, George Mason University





The Secret Destiny of the American Empire

“A unique and insightful analysis of the power of freedom and the globalizing spirit of our republic … I recommend it to you very enthusiastically.” ~ Senator THOMAS DASCHLE, former U.S. Senate majority leader

Photo of Commercial Providence book cover“An original and fascinating interpretation …. His account puts current policy discussions in a new light. I enjoyed reading this book and … valuable to anyone.” JAMES FALLOWS, The Atlantic Monthly and National Public Radio

“Mendis presents an optimistic view of the American experiment and a useful framework for leaders in contemporary crisis situations” [From the foreword]. ~ Professor STEPHEN TRACHTENBERG, president emeritus, George Washington University

“Like Alexis de Tocqueville … This is an optimistic book about America’s destiny and a needed antidote to the current pessimism and historical conspiracy we often read in the media.” ~ Rear Admiral WILLIAM SIZEMORE (Ret.), U.S. Navy and author of Dynamic Freedoms

“Eye-opening … [book] has enormous relevance for today.” ~ Ambassador FRANK LOY, former undersecretary of state for global affairs under President Bill Clinton

“His thoughtful analysis of America’s founding vision is incisive, optimistic, and innovative. This naturalized U.S. citizen has a clear and cogent message to our foes as well as our friends: America will succeed; it is embedded in our destiny.”~ Ambassador PAULA DOBRIANSKY, former undersecretary of state for democracy and global affairs under President George W. Bush

“Mendis changes the way we look at our history, policy and trade.” Dr. PAULA STERN, former chairwoman of the U.S. International Trade Commission

“A stunning exposition … with profound implications for remaking America’s role in the world.” Professor and Director LAURENCE SIMON, Heller School of Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Boston

“A masterful analysis of the role of international trade …” Distinguished McKnight University Professor FORD RUNGE, University of Minnesota




How the DNA of America, Freemasonry, and Providence Created a New World Order with Nobody in Charge

“A tour de force.” ~ Professor LINCOLN BLOOMFIELD, professor of political science emeritus, MIT

“In this carefully researched book … He provides an interesting approach for analyzing the nation’s commercial roots.” ~ WALTER ISAACSON, president, The Aspen Institute and author of Benjamin Franklin and Steve Jobs

“This is a timely antidote to ahistorical pessimism.” ~ Professor DAVID LAMPTON, George Hyman professor of China studies, Johns Hopkins University

Photo of Trade for Peace book cover“Like de Tocqueville, Mendis sees cultural connections that those born in the U.S. often overlook. Economic nationalists . . . will be forced to think again.” ~ Professor ROBERT KUDRLE, Orville Freeman professor of international trade policy, University of Minnesota

“Get to know this patriotic citizen and award-winning American educator ….” ~ Senator GEORGE ALLEN, former U.S. senator and Virginia governor

“Impressive and useful ….” ~ Ambassador MAX KAMPELMAN, former counselor to the U.S. State Department

“For those who are interested in American foreign and trade policies, this work connects the dots from the Founding Fathers’ global vision to the global marketplace within which America competes today” [From the foreword] ~ BRIAN ATWOOD, professor and former dean, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

“His insights [are] immensely valuable.”~ Ambassador RONALD LEHMAN, director of the Center for Global Security Research, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

“One of our most original thinkers on global economic issues …” ~ Ambassador SHAUN DONNELLY, former U.S. ambassador to Sri Lanka

“In a time of economic crisis … Patrick Mendis offers us the ‘back to basics’ historical context that we need.”~ Professor KENNETH GOODPASTER, David and Barbara Koch Endowed Chair in Business Ethics, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis





“America’s fundamental illiteracy about globalization represents a grave threat to its continued positive unfolding. [This] book helps much to combat that ignorance.”~ Professor THOMAS BARNETT, author of The Pentagon’s New Map and the Baker Center distinguished scholar, University of Tennessee

“There is no better equipped scholar and researcher of this topic than Patrick Mendis … [His] multi-Photo of Glocalization book coverdisciplinary analysis that is both stimulating and eminently readable.”~ Ambassador JAYANTHA DHANAPALA, former undersecretary-general of the United Nations

“This book is ample evidence that the author is at home in the United States, Sri Lanka and in many other lands. His multi-faceted career—working with governmental bodies, universities, volunteer organizations and international institutions—is reflected here as he integrates his Sri Lankan and American values into these essays” [From the foreword]. ~ Sir ARTHUR CLARKE, the late fellow of King’s College (London) and author of 2001: A Space Odyssey

Photo of Globalization book cover“His informal glimpses of people, policies, life and work in a dozen countries show just how various and vibrant ‘globalization’ really is.” ~ Ambassador HARLAN CLEVELAND, the late president emeritus, World Academy of Art and Science

“This book certainly helps us to reach the shore of a new creation in which globalization will be a blessing for all.” ~ Professor M. S. SWAMINATHAN, member of the Indian Parliament, New Delhi

“These are stories that must be told” [From the afterword]. ~ Dr. A. T. ARIYARATNE, founder and president, Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement of Sri Lanka

“This work is a feast for the mind and the eyes!” ~ Professor DEBASHIS CHATTERJEE, The Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta




Human Environment and Spatial Relationships in Agricultural Production

Photo of Human Environment and Spatial Relationships in Agricultural Production book cover“This is a technically sophisticated and well-written study … providing a model for similar studies elsewhere, and taking full account of both geographical and economic considerations.” ~ Professor MICHAEL CHISHOLM, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

“This study goes beyond the call for a sustainable development strategy by urging policies that help integrate Sri Lanka’s ethnically diverse population … [thus] deserving of scholarly attention” [From the Foreword]. ~ Professor HARLAN CLEVELAND, founding dean, Hubert Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

“An innovative analysis of the interaction between resource endowments and economic forces on the development and prospect for the Sri Lanka tea sector.” ~ Professor VERNON RUTTAN, University of Minnesota

“A very useful addition to the development literature and deserves to be in all research institutions.” ~ Professor and Dean JAGATH BANDARANAYAKE, University of Sri Jayewardenepura

“A skillful blending of economics and geography resulting in a multidisciplinary analysis of the Sri Lanka tea economy.” ~ Professor WILLIS PETERSON, University of Minnesota




Sri Lanka in Pictures

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Freedom on the March

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