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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November 17, 2015, 6:30 PM EST
Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday drew a distinction between Friday’s terror attacks in Paris and attacks last January that targeted a magazine known for its irreverent treatment of Islam, saying the most recent ones had no “rationale.”
November 17, 2015, 5:14 AM EST
As part of a stepped-up initiative to resolve the Syrian conflict, a group of governments has asked Jordan to compile a list of terror groups operating there that will be exempt from a ceasefire, but conflicting views of what constitutes “terrorism” threatens to undermine the effort.
November 17, 2015, 4:29 AM EST
The reality is that today’s refugee system discriminates, not against Syrian Muslims, but against Christians and other non-Muslim minorities.
November 16, 2015, 4:30 AM EST
The terror attacks in Paris have focused new attention on the issue of Syrian refugee admissions, with several Republican presidential candidates hardening opposition to President Obama’s decision to allow 10,000 of them to settle in the United States during the current fiscal year.  
November 15, 2015, 5:12 PM EST
Challenged about past remarks on the need to “respect” and “empathize” with enemies, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Saturday night’s Democratic debate conceded it was “very difficult to put ourselves in others’ shoes” when those others were the likes of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
November 14, 2015, 6:40 AM EST
In a propaganda video clip posted online last July a French-speaking Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) terrorist threatened to “fill the streets of Paris with dead bodies.”
November 14, 2015, 3:21 AM EST
France woke Saturday shaken by Europe’s greatest loss of life at the hands of terrorists since the Madrid bombing 11 years ago – at least 120 people killed in six evidently coordinated gun and bomb attacks over a three-hour period, including a horror scenario in which terrorists held concert-goers hostage, gunned down dozens and detonated explosive belts.
November 13, 2015, 4:52 AM EST
The blasts, which Hezbollah’s Al-Manar television station said cost at least 41 lives, was the deadliest expression yet of the spillover of the sectarian conflict in neighboring Syria, where ISIS and Hezbollah are among the groups fighting each other.
November 13, 2015, 4:18 AM EST
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro lashed out Thursday at the top U.N. human rights official for questioning his socialist government’s record, suggesting the criticism was part of a broader attack by Venezuela’s “imperialist” enemies led by the U.S.
November 12, 2015, 4:51 AM EST
State Department spokesman Mark Toner reiterated U.S. opposition to boycotts against Israel, but also said that Israel should have seen it coming.
November 12, 2015, 4:18 AM EST
“I am determined to restore U.S. funding to UNESCO, and hopeful that Congress will act to provide the administration the authority needed to waive the current legislative restrictions that prohibit U.S. contributions to the organization,” Kerry said after the vote in Paris.
November 11, 2015, 4:09 AM EST
Donald Trump said during Tuesday’s GOP debate that he got to know Russian President Vladimir Putin “very well” when the two shared billing on a recent CBS “60 Minutes” program, but rival Carly Fiorina drew loud applause minutes later when she said, “I have met him as well – not in a green room for a show, but in a private meeting.”
November 10, 2015, 8:27 PM EST
If China engages in cyberwarfare against the U.S., New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said on Tuesday, he as president would hit back so hard that “they’ll have some real fun in Beijing” as Chinese people learn from hacked data how the regime is spending their money.
November 10, 2015, 4:50 PM EST
Rejecting the Keystone XL oil pipeline application provided the Obama administration with the opportunity to prove that the U.S. was “willing to make the same tough choices that we advocate to the rest of the world” when it comes to climate change, Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday.
November 10, 2015, 4:37 AM EST
A renewed legislative push to have Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) designated as a “foreign terrorist organization” (FTO) returns a spotlight onto an issue which eight years ago split Hillary Clinton from her then-Senate colleagues Barack Obama, Joe Biden and John Kerry.
November 10, 2015, 4:15 AM EST
In revelations that are roiling the international athletics world, an independent commission set up by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) reported on systematic cheating by Russian athletes – with the evident consent of the government – including claims that Russian anti-doping officials had intentionally destroyed samples, taken bribes from athletes, and covered up positive doping test results.
November 9, 2015, 4:23 AM EST
Ash Carter’s Blunt Warning to Putin: We Will Defend Our Interests and Allies
November 9, 2015, 4:16 AM EST
Russia has warned that the U.N. cultural agency UNESCO risks being “politicized” by voting Monday on membership for Kosovo, which is not a U.N. member state. But Moscow had no such qualms in voting to admit “Palestine.”
November 6, 2015, 4:16 AM EST
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) is calling on Congress to make it clear to the Obama administration and foreign governments “that in America it’s the Congress, and not the president acting alone, that writes the checks.”