About Author

Patrick Mendis

Patrick Mendis, a Rajawali senior fellow of the Kennedy School of Government’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University, is the author of 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 US National Commission for UNESCO, an appointment by the Obama administration. Visit his website at patrickmendis.com. The views expressed above are his own and do not necessarily represent the views of the Harvard Kennedy School or the United States Government.

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Americas, Analysis, Asia, East Asia, Economics, North America, Perspectives, Politics

The Eagle and the Dragon

When George Washington appointed Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson to his administration, the president could not have picked two people who were more diametrically...
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Asia, East Asia, Perspectives, Politics, Security

China’s Manifest Destiny in America: Will Beijing and Washington Create a New Commercial Civilization to Benefit All?

Long before the United States was inspired by its ideology of Manifest Destiny to pursue territorial expansion to the Pacific Ocean in the mid-nineteenth...
US President Barack Obama with Hu Jintao, former General Secretary of the Communist Party. By White House (Pete Souza), public domain, accessed via Wikimedia Commons.
36(1) Summer 2014, Americas, Asia, East Asia, Featured, North America, Pacific, Perspectives, Politics, Security

Beijing’s Ménluó Doctrine: If it was good for America, should it be good for China?

Beijing has an incremental foreign policy in the South China Sea, which appears to resonate with America’s Monroe Doctrine. When the increasingly assertive new...
34(4) Spring 2013, Asia, East Asia, Perspectives

Birth of a Pacific Order

"For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is...

34(2) Fall 2012, Asia, East Asia, Perspectives

The Sri Lankan Silk Road

The Potential War Between China and the United States

Sri Lanka, the “pearl” of the Indian Ocean, is strategically located within the east-west international shipping...