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 29, 2016, 2:51 PM EDT
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Thursday the intelligence community was not ready to blame Moscow publicly for the hacking of Democratic National Committee emails, although he noted Russia’s interference in the politics of countries in its neighborhood, and said it was not unlikely it would try to do the same in the United States.
July 29, 2016, 4:19 AM EDT
Neither the White House nor State Department on Thursday would repeat Vice President Joe Biden’s description of President Vladimir Putin as a “dictator,” but White House press secretary Josh Earnest pointed to a State Department assessment that Russia “has a highly centralized authoritarian political system dominated by President Vladimir Putin.”
July 28, 2016, 4:13 AM EDT
The Russian government may soon release texts of emails hacked from Hillary Clinton’s private server during her time as secretary of state, a respected geopolitical affairs publication reported last month, citing Western intelligence sources.
July 27, 2016, 4:24 AM EDT
French President Francois Hollande was due to hold emergency talks with religious leaders on Wednesday as France grapples with how to protect places of worship after Islamic terrorists took hostages in a Catholic church in Normandy during morning Mass and murdered an elderly priest.
July 27, 2016, 4:16 AM EDT
Video posted on social media on Tuesday night showed a protestor on the streets around the Democratic National Convention venue in Philadelphia setting fire to an American flag.
July 25, 2016, 8:33 PM EDT
Secretary of State John Kerry was due to arrive in Manila Tuesday, a day after the Philippines’ controversial socialist president declared a unilateral ceasefire with a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization responsible for the murder of U.S. soldiers in the 1980s.
July 25, 2016, 4:12 AM EDT
With ten weeks to go until the end of the fiscal year, the Obama administration continues to admit Syrian refugees at an accelerated pace, and has now exceeded two-thirds of President Obama’s target of 10,000 by September 30.
July 25, 2016, 12:37 AM EDT
A Syrian whose application for asylum was denied a year ago was killed Sunday night when a bomb he was carrying in a backpack exploded outside the venue of a music festival in a small German city that is home to a U.S. Army base.
July 24, 2016, 11:30 PM EDT
The International Olympic Committee’s decision Sunday not to ban the entire Russian team from the games in Rio – setting strict eligibility criteria in place instead – is sending shockwaves around the sporting world.
July 22, 2016, 4:00 AM EDT
State Department spokesman John Kirby declined Thursday to say whether Turkey’s post-coup attempt crackdown is excessive, saying he was “not going to litigate from the podium every decision that they’re making.”
July 21, 2016, 4:31 AM EDT
One year since the U.S. re-established diplomatic relations with Cuba and four months since President Obama traveled to Havana, the two sides have yet to hold a dialogue on human rights that was announced during the historic visit.
July 21, 2016, 1:42 AM EDT
Listing terrorist atrocities around the world over “just the past 37 days” since the Orlando attack, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told the Republican National Convention Wednesday night that America was “at war with radical Islamists.”
July 20, 2016, 4:36 AM EDT
When President Obama 15 months ago appeared to concede that under the nuclear deal Iran would, after 13 or so years, be able to build a nuclear bomb relatively quickly if it decided to do so, the State Department asserted that his words had been “a little muddled” and misconstrued.
July 19, 2016, 4:40 AM EDT
A crackdown following the Turkish coup attempt has seen thousands detained or suspended, but the United Nations’ human rights apparatus remains silent even as the Obama administration continues to voice its public support for Turkey’s “democratically elected government.”
July 19, 2016, 4:29 AM EDT
Six months after the Iran nuclear deal began taking effect, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon provided the U.N. Security Council Monday with a report on the implementation of the resolution that endorsed it – and annoyed the U.S. by including in it Iranian complaints about sanctions relief.
July 18, 2016, 4:15 AM EDT
The Obama administration has declared repeatedly that there will be no U.S. “boots on the ground” in Syria, but on Sunday, Secretary of State John Kerry criticized Congress for showing “absolutely zero willingness” to vote for troops to be deployed.
July 17, 2016, 9:57 PM EDT
Amid a crackdown on soldiers and judges following an abortive weekend coup, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged his supporters Sunday to take to the city’s public squares in the coming days in an ongoing show of solidarity and in opposition to a group led by an influential U.S.-based cleric he accuses of responsibility for the plot to unseat him.
July 14, 2016, 11:12 PM EDT
The tactic of vehicle ramming in terrorist attacks, used to such deadly effect in Nice on Thursday night, has become more prevalent with Islamic jihadists in recent years, actively encouraged in terrorist groups’ online propaganda as a simple yet effective way to kill people.
July 14, 2016, 2:13 AM EDT
Iran Air, which wants to buy U.S.-made aircraft under a deal blessed by the Obama administration, has been sanctioned in the past for nefarious activity in the Middle East – but it has suspected links to North Korea’s illicit ballistic missile program as well.
July 14, 2016, 2:01 AM EDT
If Donald Trump is viewed as often indiscreet in his public statements, the politician named Wednesday as the top diplomat of Washington’s closest transatlantic ally could give him a run for his money.