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.

My Articles

May 11, 2015, 5:22 AM EDT
The United States’ failure to support Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression – despite post-Cold War pledges – was “not a good sign” to send to other allies around the world, Republican presidential aspirant Ben Carson said on Sunday.
May 10, 2015, 9:58 PM EDT
President Obama is hosting what's billed as a landmark summit with Arab Gulf leaders this week, but amid displeasure over U.S. Mideast policies, the region’s most important figure has decided to stay away.
May 8, 2015, 4:45 AM EDT
The Obama administration fights against anti-Israel bias at the United Nations because Israel is a close ally, but also because “undue focus on any one particular country in the U.N. system threatens to undermine the credibility of the entire system,” a State Department official said on Capitol Hill this week.
May 8, 2015, 4:25 AM EDT
From police shootings of African-Americans to the failure to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center, the United States’ human rights record will be in the spotlight at the U.N. Human Rights Council on Monday.
May 7, 2015, 4:36 AM EDT
A State Department official on Wednesday sidestepped a senator’s question on whether the administration would seek Senate advice and consent for a global climate treaty expected to be finalized in Paris late this year, saying simply that “it’s at a very early stage in the negotiations.”
May 7, 2015, 4:23 AM EDT
American taxpayers will pony up around $3.024 billion this year towards the United Nations’ regular and peacekeeping budgets, more than what 185 other countries combined are paying, an expert on the international body told U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday.  
May 6, 2015, 4:42 AM EDT
White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Tuesday it was “common sense” to expect that Iran would use money from lifted sanctions to improve its ailing economy, rather than to step up funding for terrorism or destabilizing activities in the region.
May 5, 2015, 8:56 PM EDT
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday evening moved to end debate on bipartisan legislation that will allow Congress to review an Iran nuclear deal, after amendments proposed by some Republicans threatened to cost it Democratic support.
May 5, 2015, 6:03 PM EDT
A recommendation by a statutory watchdog that the State Department blacklist Egypt for religious freedom abuses caused some dissent in the ranks, with three of the nine commissioners – all appointees of President Obama – withholding their support.
May 5, 2015, 4:25 AM EDT
“Iranian military officials are not allowed to let the foreigners go through the country’s security-defense shield and fence,” Major General Hassan Firouzabadi, commander of Iran’s armed forces, wrote in a message to Iran’s nuclear negotiators.
May 4, 2015, 5:14 AM EDT
Just three months after President Obama made a precedent-setting visit to New Delhi, the Indian government is sharply rejecting a U.S. statutory watchdog’s criticism of its religious freedom record, suggesting it reflects ignorance of how India works.
May 4, 2015, 4:48 AM EDT
( – Secretary of State John Kerry told Israelis in an interview broadcast Sunday that he could “absolutely guarantee” that under a proposed nuclear deal with Iran the U.S. will be able to monitor its activities, “so that we can still stop them if they decided to move to a bomb.”
May 1, 2015, 6:10 AM EDT
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) on Thursday criticized senators leery of two controversial amendments to a bipartisan compromise bill seeking to give Congress a say on the Iran nuclear agreement, saying if they did not want to vote, they “shouldn’t have come to the Senate.”
May 1, 2015, 4:21 AM EDT
The U.S. House Armed Services Committee passed a defense bill Thursday that includes a provision that allocates to minority Kurdish and Sunni fighters one-quarter of a $715 million tranche for training and equipping Iraqi forces to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL).
April 30, 2015, 4:25 AM EDT
Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei meets with Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah. Iran created and is the main sponsor of the Lebanese-based Shi'ite terrorist group. (Photo: Office of the Supreme Leader)
April 29, 2015, 4:41 AM EDT
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April 29, 2015, 4:07 AM EDT
Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., authored the compromise bill providing for congressional review of a final Iran nuclear agreement. (AP Photo, File)
April 28, 2015, 4:18 AM EDT
Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman prepares to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in February 2014. (AP Photo/ Charles Dharapak, File)