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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April 12, 2017, 4:34 AM EDT
President Obama looks set to return to global headlines in late May, four months after leaving the White House, when he takes part in a discussion on democracy alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a religious festival in Berlin.
April 11, 2017, 10:39 PM EDT
Russian President Vladimir Putin charged Tuesday that the U.S. was wielding allegations of chemical weapons use by the Assad regime as a pretext for military action, just as in had in the case of Saddam Hussein’s Iraq in 2003.
April 11, 2017, 4:30 AM EDT
The Obama administration’s assertions about the surrender and destruction of President Bashar al-Assad’s stockpile of chemical weapons are back under the microscope following last week’s toxic gas attack on a town in north-western Syria.
April 11, 2017, 4:22 AM EDT
The Pentagon’s assessment of the damage caused by last week’s cruise missile strike on a Syrian airbase stands in stark contrast to the Russian military’s claims that the effectiveness of the strike was “extremely low.”
April 10, 2017, 4:26 AM EDT
On the same day as Rhodes sent his tweet, one of his colleagues in the Obama national security council back in 2013, Tony Blinken, was quoted in the New York Times as acknowledging that the agreement had not removed all of Assad’s chemical stocks.
April 10, 2017, 4:17 AM EDT
President Trump has asked his national security team to provide “a full range of options to remove” the threat posed by the North Korean regime to the U.S. and its allies, national security advisor H.R. McMaster said Sunday, a day after U.S. Pacific Command directed an aircraft carrier strike group to the region.
April 9, 2017, 8:24 PM EDT
People place flowers on a fence near the Ahlens department store in Stockholm on Saturday, April 8, 2017, a day after the attack.
April 7, 2017, 4:24 AM EDT
The people of Turkey voting in a referendum this month will be deciding whether they want a radical, Islamic and “terrorist-oriented government” or whether they want to remain the friends of the United States, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) said at a House subcommittee hearing this week.
April 6, 2017, 10:37 PM EDT
U.S. Navy destroyers on Thursday night fired some 50 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian military airbase in Homs province, in the first deliberate U.S. military assault on the Assad regime.
April 6, 2017, 4:26 AM EDT
Amid a barrage of international criticism directed at its Syrian ally, Russia argued Wednesday that those killed by a toxic agent in Syria’s Idlib province were the victims not of chemical-laced bombs dropped by the regime’s planes, but of chemicals released when the air force bombed a rebel storage facility.
April 6, 2017, 4:10 AM EDT
Designating Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) for terrorism would not violate the nuclear deal, and the U.S. should make clear that if the deal falls apart as a result, Iran will be to blame both for walking away and for sponsoring terror in the first place, U.S. lawmakers were told Wednesday.
April 5, 2017, 4:32 AM EDT
In response to another ballistic missile firing by North Korea – the third since President Trump took office – Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday night gave what may be the bluntest U.S. response yet to the provocative action.
April 5, 2017, 4:24 AM EDT
Hours after Tuesday’s deadly chemical weapons attack in Syria’s Idlib province, an Assad regime representative in New York said the Syrian government condemned the use of all weapons of mass destruction, and then tried to turn the attention onto Israel and other critics instead.
April 4, 2017, 4:43 AM EDT
The Trump administration said Monday it was ending funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), long a target of conservatives over concerns that its work in China abets the communist authorities’ controversial population limitation programs.
April 4, 2017, 4:14 AM EDT
Monday’s meetings between President Trump and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi came amid an energetic lobbying battle over how the new administration should deal with the Muslim Brotherhood.
April 3, 2017, 4:40 AM EDT
Ahead of a meeting between President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping where North Korea is expected to feature prominently, the regime in Pyongyang signaled plans Monday to hold major events to coincide with two auspicious dates in April.
April 3, 2017, 4:29 AM EDT
The number of refugees admitted to the United States dropped in March to its lowest monthly tally of the current fiscal year, even as the implementation of President Trump’s latest immigration executive order continues to be held up by federal courts.
March 31, 2017, 4:28 AM EDT
Venezuela lurched deeper into crisis Thursday after the government-controlled supreme court stripped the elected legislature of its lawmaking powers, prompting the head of the Organization of American States (OAS) to decry a “self-inflicted coup” and describe Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s Socialist regime as a “dictatorship.”
March 31, 2017, 4:16 AM EDT
President Trump may have short-term successes but will ultimately fail, and “reality therapy” – including checks and balances in the U.S. system – will make him realize that “things are not as simple” as they appear, former U.N. secretary-general Kofi Annan said this week.
March 30, 2017, 4:34 AM EDT
The murder in the Democratic Republic of Congo of two U.N. experts, one of whom was decapitated, has drawn renewed attention to a convoluted conflict that is estimated to have caused more than five million deaths from violence, disease and malnutrition since the late 1990s.