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

January 25, 2017, 4:30 AM EST
The largest single contingent, 136-strong, comprises Syrian refugees, according to State Department Refugee Processing Center data. Of those, 132 (97 percent) are Muslims, three are Yazidis and one is a Christian.
January 24, 2017, 4:17 AM EST
The International Planned Parenthood Federation and Marie Stopes International, two major beneficiaries of U.S. funding, indicated Monday they will give up millions of dollars in funding rather than comply with a newly-reinstated policy that prohibits federal funding for organizations that promote or perform abortions around the world.
January 23, 2017, 4:30 AM EST
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday postponed a vote on a bill to extend Israeli sovereignty over a large Jewish town in disputed territory, in an early sign he does not want to blindside the new Trump administration after a troubled relationship with its predecessor.
January 23, 2017, 4:29 AM EST
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday postponed a vote on a bill to extend Israeli sovereignty over a large Jewish town in disputed territory, in an early sign he does not want to blindside the new Trump administration after a troubled relationship with its predecessor.
January 22, 2017, 6:19 PM EST
Pope Francis told Spanish journalists as President Donald Trump was being sworn in that he would “wait and see” what the new president does in office, cautioning against prejudgment.
January 19, 2017, 11:52 PM EST
Outgoing Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday he was optimistic about the future, telling State Department employees that the women’s, peace and environmental movements half a century ago had achieved change because people “went out and fought for it.”
January 19, 2017, 7:40 PM EST
On the eve of President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, North Korea said Thursday it was justified in carrying out an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test in response to the “ever more undisguised nuclear war threat” posed by the United States.
January 19, 2017, 4:18 AM EST
Republican lawmakers on Wednesday introduced yet another bill targeting United Nations funding, this time including a special focus on the U.N. Human Rights Council’s heavily anti-Israel agenda.
January 18, 2017, 8:46 PM EST
President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for ambassador to the U.N. told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Wednesday she will “never abstain” when the world body acts against U.S. interests and values. function readyHandler_3557842() {} window.viroolParams = { width: 640, height: 400, key: "9f476eb98f81", ap: 1};
January 18, 2017, 4:17 AM EST
Secretary of State John Kerry, in one of his final public appearances before stepping down, jokingly suggested Tuesday that the Trump administration may only last a year or two.
January 17, 2017, 7:11 PM EST
The State Department on Tuesday announced it has transferred a further $500 million to a U.N.-affiliated global climate change fund whose congressional critics have derided as a ‘slush fund” and “handout to foreign bureaucrats.”
January 17, 2017, 4:29 AM EST
European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Monday played down remarks by President-elect Donald, who warned that other E.U. members may follow Britain and leave the union because “countries want their own identity” and were worried about a refugee influx.
January 16, 2017, 7:38 PM EST
 It was “inappropriate” for President-elect Donald Trump to wade into another country’s politics by criticizing German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s migrant and refugee policies, Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday.
January 16, 2017, 4:28 AM EST
A bipartisan group of prominent Americans including former senior administration officials, diplomats and generals, has handed President-elect Donald Trump a letter calling for a new approach towards Iran that includes opening a dialogue with the outlawed opposition.
January 15, 2017, 9:09 PM EST
As 70 nations met in Paris in a bid to prod Israel and the Palestinians towards resolving their long conflict, Israel’s prime minister had a message of his own in response, dismissing the high-profile meeting as a vestige of an order that is about to change.
January 13, 2017, 4:28 AM EST
Secretary of State John Kerry is participating in a French-hosted conference on Mideast peace less than a week before the end of the administration to ensure U.S. views are heard, but with no “intent to in any way box in the incoming administration,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Thursday.
January 13, 2017, 4:20 AM EST
A delegation of Egyptian lawmakers and civil society representatives plans to arrive in Washington the day after President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration to lobby the new administration to take firm action against the Muslim Brotherhood.
January 12, 2017, 4:20 AM EST
Palestinian leaders are appealing for “prayers” at mosques across the Islamic world on Friday and the ringing of bells at churches on Sunday to protest any move by President-elect Donald Trump to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem in line with a campaign pledge.
January 11, 2017, 7:58 PM EST
Reciting a list of Obama administration foreign policy achievements on Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry contrasted its response to Russia’s intervention in Ukraine to the Bush administration’s response to the 2008 invasion of Georgia – when, he said, “nothing was done.”
January 11, 2017, 4:13 AM EST
Secretary of State John Kerry expressed concern Tuesday about the rise of “authoritarian populism” around the world, bemoaning what he called a “factless political environment” and adding an indirect dig at President-elect Donald Trump’s use of Twitter.