Lecture "American Vision, Chinese Mission, and the Lake Woebegone"

Presented by Dr. Patrick Mendis 
Thursday, March 27, 2014, Noon - 1:00 p.m.
(Light lunch and beverages provided)
Location: University International Center, Room 101
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As part of the China 100 celebration, the China Center hosts Dr. Patrick Mendis as he speaks about his latest publication, "Peaceful War." It is an epic analysis of the unfolding drama between the clashing forces of the Chinese dream and American destiny. With a possible “fiscal cliff” in America and a “social cliff” in China, Dr. Mendis revisits the history of Sino-American relations to explore the prospects for a return to the long-forgotten Beijing-Washington love affair launched in the trade-for-peace era. President Barack Obama’s Asia pivot strategy and the new Silk Road plan of President Xi Jinping could eventually create a pacific New World Order of peace and prosperity for all. The question is: will China ultimately evolve into a democratic nation by rewriting the American Dream in Chinese characters, and how might this transpire?

The lecture is made possible through a collaboration with the University of Minnesota China Center, College of Liberal Arts, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and the Minnesota International Center.

Dr. Patrick MendisDr. Mendis is a distinguished senior fellow and an affiliate professor of public and international affairs at George Mason University’s School of Public Policy. He is also a distinguished visiting professor of international relations at the Center for American Studies of the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in Guangzhou, China. Mendis graduated from College of Liberal Arts in 1989 with a Ph.D. in geography/applied economics, and also earned a master’s degree in international development and foreign policy from the University’s Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs in 1984. Read more about Dr. Mendis at http://patrickmendis.gmu.edu and http://www.hhh.umn.edu.

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