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PHS author meets with Congressman Peterson

Perham graduate Patrick Mendis with Congressman Colin Peterson, who represents the area in Washington D.C.

Former PHS exchange student Dr. Patrick Mendis got together with Congressman Colin Peterson and discussed his most recent book, TRADE for PEACE. Congressman Peterson, who is the chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, met the author in 1984 when he served as a congressional campaign volunteer for the congressman's unsuccessful election. They remained friends when they moved to Washington, D.C.

Just before Dr. Mendis went to China for a month-long book and lecture tour at the invitation of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other universities, he presented a copy of his book to the chairman.

The book is increasingly popular in China. Dr. Mendis argues that the Founding Fathers of America designed a system of governance for commerce to unite the nation and the nations of the world. Chinese leaders and scholars maintain that China is pursuing their economic power for peaceful rising for a more harmonious world.

His book is widely praised by a range of American statesmen, scholars, and diplomats.

Dr. Patrick Mendis is a graduate of PHS in 1979 and celebrates his 30th reunion this week. After earning his doctorate, Mendis taught at the University of Minnesota before he joined the University of Maryland as a military professor. Later he served as an American diplomat under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. He also served in the U.S. Departments of Energy and Agriculture.

Currently he is the vice president of the Osgood Center for International Studies and a visiting scholar in foreign policy at the Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.