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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November 25, 2015, 4:36 AM EST
In the aftermath of the Paris terror attacks, a Republican lawmaker has introduced legislation seeking to cut by one-tenth U.S. funding for the United Nations until the world body settles on a definition for terrorism.
November 24, 2015, 8:11 PM EST
An international row over Turkey’s shooting down of a Russian warplane along the border with Syria deepened late Tuesday, as Russia said "fire from the ground" . rebels inside Syria shot dead a parachuting pilot and then killed a Marine during a subsequent search-and-rescue mission.
November 24, 2015, 4:38 AM EST
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Tehran on Monday and, judging from a statement released by Khamenei’s office, the discussion was dominated by criticism of “the Americans.”
November 24, 2015, 4:15 AM EST
Amid a wave of jihadist terrorism in France, Sinai, Lebanon and Mali, members of the United Nations met on Monday to focus on “Palestine,” with several speakers accusing Israel of fueling the violence across the region.
November 24, 2015, 1:15 AM EST
Republican presidential contender Donald Trump doubled down Monday night on his support for waterboarding terrorist suspects, saying the interrogation method worked – and even “if it doesn’t work, they deserve it anyway for what they’re doing to us.”
November 23, 2015, 4:12 AM EST
President Obama had an opportunity Sunday to respond to Republican senators’ threat to withhold the $3 billion he has pledged for the U.N. “Green Climate Fund” (GCF) unless any new climate agreement is presented to the Senate for ratification – but chose not to.
November 22, 2015, 7:02 PM EST
The United States still doesn’t know whether Russia can “make the strategic adjustment” necessary for it to join the coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL), President Obama said on Sunday.
November 20, 2015, 4:25 AM EST
Democrat Hillary Clinton in a speech Thursday set out several points of difference with the administration she once served in, including calls to enforce a no-fly zone in Syria and to bypass the Iraqi government, if necessary, and arm Kurdish fighters directly.
November 20, 2015, 4:20 AM EST
The Russian military says it has carried out three days of “massive” missile and bomb strikes against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) targets across northern Syria, after President Vladimir Putin early this week blamed terrorists for the air crash in Egypt that killed 224 people.
November 20, 2015, 4:15 AM EST
In a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations Clinton at times used language she would have avoided while secretary of state.
November 20, 2015, 12:14 AM EST
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pushed back Thursday against critics of her and others’ reluctance to use the term “Islamic terrorism,” calling it a “distraction” and saying that it gives terrorists “more standing than they deserve.”
November 19, 2015, 4:47 AM EST
In a bid to deprive the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) of vital energy supplies and revenues, U.S. forces have for the first time bombed oil tankers in the Syrian desert, but only after dropping leaflets warning truck drivers – deemed to be non-combatants – to “get out of your trucks now and run away from them.”
November 19, 2015, 4:24 AM EST
Since the beginning of the current fiscal year, 346 out of the 351 Syrian refugees admitted into the United States (98.6 percent) are Sunni Muslims. The remaining five (1.4 percent) are Christians, including three Catholics and one Orthodox.
November 18, 2015, 5:48 PM EST
Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday that terrorist attacks “can never be rationalized, and we can never allow them to be rationalized” – one day after saying there was a “rationale that you could attach yourself to” behind last January’s terrorist attack against staff of a magazine known for mocking Islam.
November 18, 2015, 4:43 AM EST
President Obama ridiculed Republicans Wednesday for objecting to his Syrian refugee admission plans, saying some GOP presidential candidates vow to be tough on Russia and terrorists but are “scared of widows and orphans.”
November 18, 2015, 4:16 AM EST
Last Friday’s deadly terrorist attacks in Paris may force the cancelation of large public events linked to the upcoming U.N. climate conference – to the dismay of global warming activists who hoped to avoid that outcome.
November 17, 2015, 6:30 PM EST
Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday drew a distinction between Friday’s terror attacks in Paris and attacks last January that targeted a magazine known for its irreverent treatment of Islam, saying the most recent ones had no “rationale.”
November 17, 2015, 5:14 AM EST
As part of a stepped-up initiative to resolve the Syrian conflict, a group of governments has asked Jordan to compile a list of terror groups operating there that will be exempt from a ceasefire, but conflicting views of what constitutes “terrorism” threatens to undermine the effort.
November 17, 2015, 4:29 AM EST
The reality is that today’s refugee system discriminates, not against Syrian Muslims, but against Christians and other non-Muslim minorities.