Sri Lankan scholar on America's fondness for commerce, freemasonry
Like the famous French author Alex de Tocqueville, who wrote
Democracy in America, Sri Lankan-born scholar and diplomat, Dr. Patrick
Mendis has traced America's penchant for commerce freemasonry and
commerce in an insightful account of American roots. His book is titled
"TRADE for PEACE: How the DNA of America, Freemasonry, and Providence
Created a New World Order with Nobody in charge."
Dr. Patrick Mendis presents a copy of
his book, TRADE for PEACE, to his Professor Joseph Nye Jr.,
the former dean of the Harvard University’s Kennedy School
of Government, at the Henry Kissinger Institute of the
Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in
He provides irrefutable proof of American founders, especially George
Washington and Benjamin Franklin, delving into astrology and freemasonry
and principles of commerce in designing the Capital-Washington D.C. and
the nascent commercial republic of America. Dr. Mendis sees cultural
connections those born in the U.S. often ignored.
Dr. Mendis found encoded in America's DNA the ability to trade with
an uncanny zeal. Trade for peace dominated that doctrine for most of the
two and quarter centuries of American existence. He provides an
interesting approach for analyzing the nation's commercial roots.
Dr. Mendis demonstrates in his book that the beginning of
Constitution Avenue is the Andrew Melon "Zodiac" Fountain adjacent to
the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and it ends with the celestial statue
of Albert Einstein near the State Department. He believes that the new
U.S. Institute of Peace at the end of Constitution Avenue would be the
major landmark of America's founding vision: TRADE for PEACE.
While growing up in Sri Lanka with Buddhist monks and Catholic
priests, Dr. Mendis has evidently mastered the basics of astrological
science and early Christian esoteric knowledge which prompted deeper
probe of the American psyche. Most recently, he studied the 'secret'
knowledge of Freemasonry that had clearly influenced America's founders.
After receiving the Benjamin Franklin Award from the State Department,
he learned more about Franklin, America's famous astrologer and the
Founding Mission of America
The 624-page tome that combined history, politics, economics,
architecture, esoteric knowledge, foreign policy strategies and global
trade relations proves a rare foray into American discourse on a variety
of matters. The thesis that America's founding mission has always been
to promote trade to integrate the global community for peaceful living
and unity as it was the case for the original 13 colonies in the Union
comes out as a challenge ever present even after 230 years of the
A combination of interstate commerce (not the religion) and freedom
as depicted in the Constitution has paradoxically bound and expanded the
United States together as one nation. Dr. Mendis argues that the World
Trade Organization (WTO) is the final frontier of the American
Experiment in order to bind the community of nations together.
Dr. Mendis grew up in Ja-ela and the suburbs of Polonnaruwa and had a
full immersion into the ethos of Sri Lankan cultural heritage. He brings
that insight into the making of America in his book. With a lineage to
the stratifying details of American foreign policy acquired by being
associated with the prestigious Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public
Affairs at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Mendis took wings working as
a student UN ambassador, seasoned diplomat and research scholar. He was
one of the three recipients of the first Humphrey Leadership Award in
1986 along with Ambassador Max Kampelman and former Vice President
In 1985, Dr. Mendis worked as Sri Lanka's "Youth Ambassador" at the
United Nations in New York. Later, he was often consulted on
international matters by the State Department and Senate Foreign
Relations Committee during the tenure of Secretaries Madeleine Albright
and Colin Powell.
Rethinking global role
In the foreword to his book, Professor Brian Atwood, former USAID
administrator under President Bill Clinton, writes, "This highly
readable synthesis, whose main theme derives from the Constitution's
preface, pleads for a rethinking of the American role in global
leadership." Both Professor Atwood (current dean of the Humphrey
Institute) and Dr. Mendis are former AFS exchange students.
Dr. Mendis would perhaps compete for the title of the most sought
after scholar on America's national profile. His interest would lead him
towards greater research studies. Professor Mendis currently serves as
the vice president of the Osgood Center for International Studies and a
visiting scholar in foreign policy at the Johns Hopkins University's
Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington,
D.C. An adjunct professor of international diplomacy at Norwich
University, Dr. Mendis is a fellow of the World Academy of Art and
Science and a life member of the Society for International Development.
Like his previous books, he donates the proceeds after tax to tsunami
scholarships and micro-loan projects as well as war victims in Sri Lanka
for higher education. For his contribution to Sri Lanka, he was
recognized by the Los Angeles-based Sri Lanka Foundation's Exceptional
Achievement Award for International Relations and Diplomacy.