Former US Diplomat Recognized by Who’s Who in America and Sri Lanka Foundation
By Philip Fernando from Los Angeles
Los Angeles, 12 November, (Asiantribune.com): The Sri Lanka Foundation and Who’s Who America celebrated the outstanding achievements of Dr. Patrick Mendis recently. Former American diplomat and military professor during the Presidents Clinton and Bush administrations, Dr. Mendis serves as the vice president of academic affairs at the Osgood Center for International Studies and a visiting scholar at the Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C.
"I am very honored by the nominations," said Dr. Mendis. He also thanked the Foundation for recognizing his contributions to the United States and Sri Lanka.
Dr. Mendis was born in Sri Lanka. He attended American high school in Minnesota as an AFS scholar. He later served on the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee staff of Senator Rudy Boschwitz from Minnesota. An alumnus of Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Dr. Mendis is an author of more than 100 books, journal articles, newspaper columns, and government reports. He had visited all the 50 states and worked in, traveled to, more than 70 countries.
With the sales of his book, Human Side of Globalization (forthcoming in the third edition), Dr. Mendis established tsunami scholarships and a peace prize in Sri Lanka and a high school scholarship in Minnesota. From the royalties of his previous books, he also endowed two annual awards at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura since 1993. Dr. Mendis is completing another book,
His American mentor, the late NATO Ambassador Harlan Cleveland, with whom he traveled to the Middle East and Asia, characterized him, “a budding leader if I were show one.” At that time, Dr. Mendis was studying under Professor Harlan Cleveland, then the founding dean of the Humphrey Institute in Minnesota. Dr. Mendis received the Hubert Humphrey Award for Outstanding Leadership, along with former Vice President Walter Mondale and Ambassador Max Kampelman.
Ever since, Dr. Mendis has served in the government and academia. He and his family live in the Washington D.C. Area.
- Asian Tribune -