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

July 7, 2015, 4:41 AM EDT
On the eve of what the White House is calling a “historic” meeting between President Obama and Vietnam’s communist party chief, 82 percent of respondents in a Vietnamese-language survey conducted by a U.S.-based Vietnamese pro-democracy group said that the visiting official does not legitimately represent the country.
July 7, 2015, 4:20 AM EDT
When he visits his father’s homeland in Africa later this month, President Obama looks set to run into vocal opposition over his administration’s high-profile promotion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues.
July 6, 2015, 5:02 AM EDT
European leaders are scrambling to respond to a resounding rejection of a rescue package to resolve Greece's debt crisis, facing a choice between softening the bailout demands on Greece or seeing it leave the Eurozone currency bloc – possibly triggering a bigger exodus
July 6, 2015, 5:00 AM EDT
Far from being isolated after fueling separatist violence in Ukraine and annexing Crimea 16 months ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin this week is hosting two major summits of groupings whose overlapping membership accounts for two-fifths of the world’s population.
July 5, 2015, 7:01 PM EDT
Pushing to wrap up a final Iran nuclear agreement by Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry said in Vienna on Sunday that the talks could still go “either way,” insisting again that the administration will walk away from the table rather than settle for a bad deal.
July 2, 2015, 4:59 AM EDT
Castro regime critics on Capitol Hill paid scant regard Wednesday to President Obama’s appeal for Congress to back his decision to restore diplomatic relations with Havana. Several pledged instead to oppose any nominee for U.S. ambassador to Cuba and withhold funds for construction work on a reopened U.S. Embassy.
July 2, 2015, 4:17 AM EDT
The president of the Human Rights Council took issue this week with the use by a non-governmental organization representative of the term “genocidal killers” to describe Palestinian terrorists, but Venezuela’s representative was not reprimanded from the chair when he called Israel’s offensive against Hamas last year a “genocidal attack.”
July 1, 2015, 4:47 AM EDT
As Greece overnight became the first developed country to default on its debt, two U.N.-appointed rights experts with left-leaning mandates expressed support for the Greek government’s referendum on terms for an international bailout, characterizing it as “eloquent expression of the self-determination of the Greek people.”
July 1, 2015, 4:33 AM EDT
Responding to a question about how the administration will explain its shifting statements on key elements of an Iran nuclear deal, a senior U.S. official at the talks in Vienna said that what Americans will ultimately “care about” will be the quality of the overall final agreement.
June 30, 2015, 4:08 AM EDT
A retired British Army officer accused the U.N. Human Rights Council Monday of allowing itself “to become a tool of Hamas’ murderous strategy,” a strategy which he said sought to maximize the number of Palestinian casualties during last year’s Gaza conflict in order to stoke international condemnation against Israel.
June 30, 2015, 4:08 AM EDT
British Prime Minister David Cameron took issue Monday with Britain’s public broadcaster’s use of the term “Islamic State” in reference to the terrorist group, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
June 29, 2015, 4:13 AM EDT
“No parliament or court has the authority to repeal biology,” an Australian pro-family campaigner said at the weekend as the ripple effects of the U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling lent additional momentum to a growing campaign to redefine marriage in Australia.
June 29, 2015, 2:00 AM EDT
While the odds are stacked in the short-term against Christians who oppose same-sex marriage, they are “not going to simply surrender” their views because of Friday’s Supreme Court ruling, since they did not make them up in the first place, an evangelical leader said Sunday.
June 26, 2015, 4:11 AM EDT
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has launched a website tracking the 2016 presidential candidates’ positions on Islam, and so far it seems to have the fewest problems with Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican hopefuls New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)
June 25, 2015, 8:06 PM EDT
“There is nothing sanctimonious” or arrogant in the State Department’s publication of an annual report on human rights around the world, Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday, adding that the U.S. cannot help but be humble itself given the racial tensions at home over the past year.
June 25, 2015, 4:35 AM EDT
Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday that high-level talks with Chinese officials in Washington had included an “honest discussion” on cybertheft, but without any accusations or “finger-pointing.”
June 25, 2015, 4:13 AM EDT
As Secretary of State John Kerry prepared to fly to Vienna Friday to lend a final push to the Iran nuclear talks, a bipartisan group of leading security experts, diplomats and retired senior military officers warned that absent several key provisions, an impending deal “may fall short of meeting the administration’s own standard of a ‘good’ agreement.”
June 24, 2015, 4:22 AM EDT
An estimated 7,000-plus foreign terrorist fighters are believed to be operating in Afghanistan, according to the country’s ambassador to the U.N., although it’s unclear how many of those belong to, or have pledged loyalty to, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL).
June 24, 2015, 4:00 AM EDT
Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the opening of the 7th U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue at the State Department in Washington on Tuesday, June 23, 2015.
June 23, 2015, 4:11 AM EDT
As Secretary of State John Kerry prepared to kick off annual U.S.-China bilateral dialogue with a small dinner at Mount Vernon on Monday evening, a senior State Department official said that “continuing differences on the area of human rights” would be raised during this year’s talks.