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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September 27, 2015, 9:00 PM EDT
Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that newly-announced Russia-Iraq-Iran-Syria cooperation in the fight against ISIS had not been coordinated with the United States, while a senior U.S. official said the administration is still trying to establish what Russia’s motives are in both Syria and Iraq.
September 25, 2015, 1:14 AM EDT
Visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state dinner in Washington Friday is taking place on the 35th anniversary of the launch of Beijing’s controversial “one-child” policy, prompting a campaigner against the policy to urge him in an open letter to “end the greatest human rights atrocity on earth today.”
September 24, 2015, 9:15 PM EDT
Friday kicks of a week of high-level meetings at the United Nations in New York with agenda items ranging from sustainable development to climate change to peacekeeping – but Russia’s growing military involvement in Syria and the crisis over Mideast refugees flooding Europe may end up overshadowing the proceedings.
September 24, 2015, 2:21 AM EDT
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s office declined to comment Wednesday about claims on social media that Russia has begun to launch airstrikes against terrorist positions in Syria.
September 23, 2015, 9:16 PM EDT
The Obama administration is under fire over a State Department spokesman’s comment that the U.S. welcomes a leadership position for Saudi Arabia – widely viewed as one of the world’s most egregious human rights abusers – on the U.N. Human Rights Council.
September 23, 2015, 1:50 AM EDT
State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Tuesday that the administration would “welcome” Saudi Arabia’s appointment to a leadership position at the U.N. Human Rights Council, saying that the U.S. and the kingdom were “close allies.”
September 22, 2015, 10:16 PM EDT
The nominee to head the State Department’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) office told senators Tuesday that she would “speak truth to power,” and work to ensure the process of ranking countries was not compromised by political considerations.
September 21, 2015, 11:31 PM EDT
White House press secretary Josh Earnest suggested Monday that a brief visit to a controversial Iranian military facility by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief and his deputy shows that Iran has now opened military bases to international inspections.
September 21, 2015, 10:35 PM EDT
As many critics of the Iran nuclear deal worried would happen, Iranian officials last week collected environmental samples from a controversial military base to hand over to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) – and according to Iran, the U.N. agency’s own experts were not physically present at the time.
September 21, 2015, 3:19 AM EDT
The U.N.’s Human Rights Council over the summer quietly appointed Saudi Arabia as head of a panel responsible for interviewing and shortlisting experts focusing on a range of human rights-related themes.
September 20, 2015, 11:28 PM EDT
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) plans to call Monday for Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson to withdraw from the 2016 campaign after the retired neurosurgeon said Islam was not consistent with the U.S. Constitution and that he would “absolutely not” advocate having a Muslim in the White House.
September 20, 2015, 7:36 PM EDT
If President Obama had lived his life in China rather that the U.S. he “most likely would be in prison – or much, much worse,” Sen. Tom Cotton said on Capitol Hill ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Washington this week.
September 18, 2015, 1:30 AM EDT
A last-ditch Senate Republican attempt to apply the brakes to President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal failed Thursday, and every Democrat but one voted to block an attempt to tie sanctions relief to Iran’s recognition of Israel’s right to exist and its release of U.S. citizens in its custody.
September 17, 2015, 10:14 PM EDT
The United States should make clear to China that it does not recognize its sovereignty claims in the South China Sea by sailing warships within 12 nautical miles of artificial islands Beijing has constructed, Senate Armed Services Committee chairman Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Thursday.
September 17, 2015, 2:45 AM EDT
uring Wednesday night’s Republican presidential debate candidates sparred over how – and even whether – the U.S. president should deal with foreign adversaries.
September 16, 2015, 11:12 PM EDT
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina received enthusiastic applause during the GOP debate on Wednesday night when she linked two issues – the nuclear deal with Iran and federal support for Planned Parenthood – and slammed the Obama administration over both.
September 16, 2015, 9:25 PM EDT
Accusing President Obama of “making a mess of the world,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) used his appearance in Wednesday’s second-tier GOP presidential debate to double down on his call for more U.S. troops in the Middle East and his pledge to defeat radical Islam.
September 16, 2015, 1:58 AM EDT
State Department spokesman John Kirby on Tuesday dismissed the notion of a second coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) involving Russia, Iran and the Assad regime. Russia could help the existing international anti-ISIS coalition, but there is no place in it for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, he said.
September 15, 2015, 9:20 PM EDT
The U.S. Senate on Tuesday failed for a second time to advance a resolution disapproving President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell signaled plans for a vote on an amendment requiring Iran to recognize Israel’s right to exist and to release U.S. citizens in its custody.
September 15, 2015, 1:24 AM EDT
A top Iranian nuclear official thanked International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director-general Yukiya Amano on Monday for keeping an Iran-IAEA understanding under wraps in the face of pressure to make it public.