Patrick covered government and politics in South Africa and the Middle East before joining in 1999. Since then he has launched foreign bureaus for in Jerusalem, London and the Pacific Rim. From October 2006 to July 2007, Patrick served as Managing Editor at the organization's world headquarters in Alexandria, Va. Now back in the Pacific Rim, as International Editor he reports on politics, international relations, security, terrorism, ethics and religion, and oversees reporting by's roster of international stringers.

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June 2, 2015, 4:32 AM EDT
State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said Monday that the U.S. can more effectively promote human rights in countries like Cuba with a “high-level” diplomatic presence, but also conceded that having such ties “doesn’t always mean the government on the other end will do everything we want them to do.”
June 2, 2015, 4:21 AM EDT
Former Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman predicted Monday that Congress will reject the nuclear deal which the administration and its partners in the P5+1 group are negotiating with Iran. The deal is due to be completed on June 30.
June 1, 2015, 4:16 AM EDT
A lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York calls on the U.S. government to designate as a foreign terrorist organization (FTO) a radical Hindu organization with close ties to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his ruling party.
May 29, 2015, 4:43 AM EDT
A State Department spokesman on Thursday was unable to confirm or deny new allegations of nuclear collaboration between Iran and North Korea, but played down the likelihood of them affecting talks aimed at reaching a nuclear agreement with Tehran by June 30.
May 29, 2015, 4:17 AM EDT
A State Department spokesman on Thursday repeatedly refused to take a position on whether Russia and Qatar should have the honor of hosting the soccer World Cup in 2018 and 2022, despite allegations of corruption in the awarding process and concerns about the two regimes’ policies.
May 28, 2015, 4:41 AM EDT
Moscow on Wednesday accused the U.S. of trying to exercise its laws beyond its borders following the arrest in Switzerland and pending extradition of FIFA officials indicted by the DOJ. But if President Vladimir Putin’s hosting of the world’s biggest sports event in 2018 is jeopardized, it is the separate Swiss probe that will be responsible.
May 28, 2015, 4:21 AM EDT
By contrast, Obama sent the then-Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Johnnie Carson to the inauguration of outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian, in May 2011.
May 27, 2015, 5:08 AM EDT
China’s controversial actions in the disputed South China Sea and the release of a new, more assertive military doctrine are making international headlines, but state media complained Wednesday that China’s “peaceful intentions” are purposefully being ignored.
May 27, 2015, 4:05 AM EDT
Since the issues involved were so technical and complicated, “it’s very likely that we won’t have an agreement before the end of June, or even after June,” Gerard Araud said at an Atlantic Council event in Washington.
May 26, 2015, 4:15 AM EDT
The “fast track” trade promotion bill passed by the U.S. Senate on Friday night includes an amendment requiring the administration to take into account religious freedom conditions in countries negotiating trade agreements with the United States.
May 25, 2015, 8:03 PM EDT
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said the Obama administration has “no strategy,” saying while ISIS jihadists were carrying out public executions the president “is saying that the biggest enemy we have is climate change.”
May 22, 2015, 4:13 AM EDT
The Obama administration has never described the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) as a “ragtag” group, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said on Thursday, after describing the fall of Ramadi to the jihadist group as a “serious setback” but also saying that any conflict will have “ebbs and flows.”
May 21, 2015, 9:15 PM EDT
Israel – all of it – belongs to the Jewish people, the country’s new deputy foreign minister declared Thursday, citing a religious text and saying it was time Israeli diplomats stop using smart arguments in explaining Israel’s case to the international community, and “tell the world that we’re right.”
May 21, 2015, 4:57 AM EDT
An organization that tracks threatened minorities has placed Syria at the top of its annual rankings for the first time, making it one of seven countries in the region where attacks by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) jihadists on Christians and other minorities have worsened the risk of genocide, mass political killing or systematic violent repression.
May 21, 2015, 4:09 AM EDT
Lifting a lid on the confidential negotiations for a final Iran nuclear agreement, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius disclosed Wednesday that Tehran wants to be given 24 days’ notice ahead of any inspection of its nuclear facilities.
May 20, 2015, 4:44 AM EDT
As the Iran nuclear talks were due to resume in Vienna on Wednesday, Tehran’s front man in the nuclear negotiations doubled down on rejecting a core element of any deal – the right of international inspectors to access military sites.
May 20, 2015, 4:31 AM EDT
Burma’s president is about to sign a law giving the government far-reaching powers in determining the size and spacing of families. This comes six months after Burma hosted a regional summit attended by President Obama, something that was seen as a further step towards Burma’s return to international respectability.
May 15, 2015, 4:25 AM EDT
( – The Obama administration does talk to Gulf states about human rights concerns, but applying pressure on them to reform would not necessarily “lead these countries to embrace different political systems,” Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said Thursday. “They clearly have a different view of how to organize their society,” he added.
May 14, 2015, 8:13 PM EDT
President Obama’s potentially legacy-making nuclear agreement with Iran is set to come under congressional review – with the possibility of a vote against sanctions relief – after the U.S. House on Thursday voted 400-25 to pass legislation that now heads to the White House for signature.
May 14, 2015, 4:43 AM EDT
Saudi Arabia, viewed by human rights activists as one of the world’s most severe violators of religious and other freedoms, reportedly is seeking the presidency of the U.N. Human Rights Council next year.