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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February 5, 2016, 4:25 AM EST
Hillary Clinton said in Thursday’s Democratic primary debate in New Hampshire that she waited to see the outcome of negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership before coming out in opposition – although as secretary of state she voiced enthusiasm for the trade deal on numerous occasions.
February 5, 2016, 4:17 AM EST
Three Republican lawmakers have asked Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to facilitate their visa applications to visit Iran, where they want to observe “Iranian democracy in action,” meet with imprisoned Americans, and visit nuclear facilities.
February 4, 2016, 6:49 PM EST
A day after a U.N.-hosted Syria peace initiative stalled, Saudi Arabia signaled Thursday that it is ready to contribute to a ground offensive against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), if the U.S.-led coalition agrees to such an operation.
February 4, 2016, 4:29 AM EST
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is reportedly coercing undocumented Afghans living in Iran to fight in support of Syria’s Assad regime, using a combination of financial incentives and coercive tactics including threat of deportation or imprisonment.
February 4, 2016, 4:17 AM EST
After trade ministers from the U.S. and 11 other countries on either side of the Pacific on Thursday signed one of the biggest trade deals in history, President Obama called on Republicans and Democrats to ratify it “this year.”
February 3, 2016, 5:05 AM EST
An Iranian state-run television network is highlighting social media postings that mock the U.S. military, juxtaposing images of the Hollywood action character Rambo with one of U.S. Navy sailors kneeling at gunpoint after being apprehended last month by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
February 3, 2016, 4:52 AM EST
Kirby said deliberations were continuing, but when a reporter pointed out that the council’s response has hardly been swift, he replied, “It’s as swift as the international community can make it. I think there’s a lot of effort going on here.”
February 3, 2016, 4:25 AM EST
President Obama and members of his administration frequently state that there is nothing Islamic about the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), but Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday went further, labeling the Sunni terrorist group “apostates.”
February 2, 2016, 4:38 AM EST
Accusing the Obama administration of a new “effort to put daylight between the United States and Israel,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) on Monday introduced legislation aimed at annulling what he called a “nonsensical” directive on labeling goods produced in the territories disputed between Israel and the Palestinians.
February 2, 2016, 4:23 AM EST
The head of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Navy said Monday that if the U.S. seeks to humiliate Iran, the IRGC would release footage filmed when it detained 10 U.S. sailors and two patrol boats overnight last month that was much more embarrassing than images released earlier.
February 1, 2016, 6:35 PM EST
Iran now has access to more than $100 billion in formerly frozen assets that has been “fully” released as a result of the nuclear deal, regime spokesman Mohammad-Baqer Nobakht has claimed in an interview with state-owned television.
February 1, 2016, 4:30 AM EST
A trio of U.N. human rights experts ended a fact-finding visit to the United States Friday with a sharp critique of the conditions faced by African-Americans today, and decried the fact that “there has been no real commitment to recognition and reparations” for slavery.
February 1, 2016, 4:17 AM EST
Five hundred and fifty Syrian refugees have been admitted into the United States since the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) carried out terrorist attacks in Paris last November, and of those, two (0.3 percent) are Christians.
January 31, 2016, 5:28 PM EST
More than two weeks after Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) personnel detained 10 U.S. Navy sailors overnight in the Persian Gulf supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday awarded medals to the men involved.
January 29, 2016, 4:19 AM EST
A U.S. Navy warship that Iran claims to have chased away from a naval exercise in the Persian Gulf this week was at the time more than 7,000 miles away – in its homeport of Norfolk, Virginia.
January 29, 2016, 12:26 AM EST
There was little new or unexpected on foreign policy in Thursday night’s Trump-less GOP presidential debate, but the two candidates who vied for the most talk time, Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, both argued strongly for the need to rebuild a shrinking U.S. military in order to defeat ISIS.
January 28, 2016, 6:47 PM EST
Thousands of Iranians and others demonstrated in Paris Thursday to protest a visit by Iranian President Hasan Rouhani, angered by the warm reception given to the leader of a regime that suppresses dissent and carries out more executions than any country other than China.
January 28, 2016, 4:26 AM EST
State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Wednesday Syrian rebel groups should not set “preconditions” to attending peace talks due to begin in Geneva on Friday – but he did not criticize Turkey’s demand that a significant Syrian Kurdish group not be invited.
January 27, 2016, 6:13 PM EST
As the world on Wednesday marked the Nazis’ systematic killing of six million Jews during World War II an official Iranian website linked to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei posted a video quoting the supreme leader’s questioning of the Holocaust.
January 27, 2016, 4:20 AM EST
Iranian President Hasan Rouhani is receiving red carpet treatment on a trip to Europe, but when he visits the U.N. cultural agency’s headquarters in Paris on Wednesday – Holocaust Memorial Day – its director plans to confront him on Iran’s hosting of Holocaust cartoon contests.