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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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.
May 14, 2015, 4:20 AM EDT
During a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on ISIS’ war on religious minorities, a representative of a California-based, non-profit organization recounted the testimony of some of the Yazidi girls she met and counseled during recent trips to Iraq.
May 13, 2015, 4:31 AM EDT
A defense bill that places restrictions on the administration’s ability to release or transfer terror suspects from Guantanamo Bay, blocks funding for military base closures, and seeks to bypass the Iraqi government in providing arms directly to Kurdish and Sunni fighters has become the latest target of a White House veto threat.
May 12, 2015, 8:56 PM EDT
Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday held out the prospect of an easing of sanctions against Moscow, using his first visit to Russia since the Ukraine crisis erupted to stress the importance of the two countries cooperating in the international arena.
May 12, 2015, 4:15 AM EDT
“Russian-U.S. relations are passing through a difficult period caused by targeted unfriendly actions by Washington,” the foreign ministry said in a statement, accusing the U.S. of being chiefly responsible for the crisis over Ukraine.
May 12, 2015, 4:07 AM EDT
European Union bureaucrats desperate for solutions to the Mediterranean refugee crisis are proposing a strategy of military action against people smugglers, and a mandatory quota system for E.U. member-states to accommodate migrants.
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.