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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October 10, 2016, 12:31 AM EDT
Donald Trump, facing the biggest test of his presidential campaign on Sunday night, contradicted his running mate over arguably the most critical foreign policy crisis of the moment, saying he would not use military force against the Assad regime to stop the carnage in Aleppo.
October 9, 2016, 7:37 PM EDT
A senior advisor to Iran’s supreme leader warned Sunday that any U.S. military strike against Syria’s Assad regime would be “suicidal.”
October 7, 2016, 12:15 AM EDT
Amid deepening U.S.-Russia tensions over the crisis in Syria, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday Moscow hopes that those in Washington pushing for attacks against the Assad regime will not prevail.
October 6, 2016, 12:55 AM EDT
Two days after the State Department announced a suspension of bilateral engagement with Russia about Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday spoke to his Russian counterpart – about Syria.
October 5, 2016, 7:33 PM EDT
“History will judge today as a turning point for our planet,” President Obama tweeted Wednesday, as the international community met the ratification threshold required to make the Paris climate accord a reality. It will enter into force in 30 days’ time – four days before the U.S. election.
October 5, 2016, 1:13 AM EDT
Tuesday night’s vice presidential debate saw Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine repeatedly accuse the Republican ticket of praising President Vladimir Putin, while Indiana Gov. Mike Pence sought to undercut the charge by labeling Putin – twice – ‘the small and bullying leader of Russia.”
October 4, 2016, 7:50 PM EDT
A vote by the European Parliament on Tuesday means that the most ambitious climate change agreement in history will become a reality next month – probably the week of the U.S. election – and even should Donald Trump win and make good on a pledge to withdraw the U.S., he will not be able to do so during a first term.
October 4, 2016, 4:41 AM EDT
The United States, in pursuit of the goal of ousting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, is ready to “make a deal with the devil” – the al-Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra – Russia’s foreign ministry charged Monday.
October 4, 2016, 4:26 AM EDT
The world chess federation FIDE said Tuesday it was “reviewing all options” for the comfort of participants in a women’s world championship competition to be held in Tehran in February, after controversy erupted over an Iranian requirement that players wear the hijab in line with Islamic norms.
October 3, 2016, 5:01 AM EDT
The administration admitted a total of 12,587 Syrian refugees during the just-ended fiscal year, exceeding the target President Obama declared last fall by 2,587 (20.5 percent).
October 3, 2016, 4:36 AM EDT
Colombian voters have thrown into disarray a recently-signed peace deal with Marxist rebels, narrowly voting down an accord which critics say capitulates to terrorists and will deny justice to victims of the “Western Hemisphere’s longest war.”
September 30, 2016, 4:17 AM EDT
State Department spokesman John Kirby on Thursday rejected as “bogus” accusations by Russian officials that he was inciting terrorism by warning that Moscow’s failure to stop its aggression in Aleppo may lead to terror attacks in Russian cities and Russian troops being shipped home in body bags.
September 30, 2016, 4:10 AM EDT
Over the coming weeks, state authorities across the nation will be responding to requests from hundreds of thousands of Americans living abroad for absentee ballots allowing them to have their say in November’s election.
September 29, 2016, 4:44 AM EDT
Secretary of State John Kerry made a fervent case Wednesday for the “landmark” Trans-Pacific Partnership, but left unsaid the fact both Republican and Democratic presidential nominees have voiced opposition to a trade deal that President Obama hopes to make an economic capstone of his presidency.
September 29, 2016, 4:28 AM EDT
Secretary of State John Kerry’s threat to stop cooperating with Russia over the Syrian civil war brought a derisive response Wednesday from two Republican senators, who described it as “the one threat the Russians feared most.”
September 28, 2016, 4:43 AM EDT
Although national security policy purportedly was one of three topics in the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on Monday night, arguably the world’s most serious crisis this fall of 2016 never got a mention.
September 28, 2016, 4:17 AM EDT
President Obama may let the next president decide how many Syrian refugees to admit during the fast-approaching new fiscal year, a senior State Department official said Tuesday.
September 27, 2016, 4:17 AM EDT
Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on May 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)( – The Obama administration is caught between allies in Europe and the Arab world as a resolution comes before the U.N.
September 27, 2016, 1:07 AM EDT
Hillary Clinton has experience, but it’s not the kind of experience Americans can afford to have for another four years, Donald Trump said during Monday night's presidential debate at Hofstra University in New York.
September 25, 2016, 10:34 PM EDT
An emergency U.N. Security Council meeting during a week described by a special envoy for Syria as one of the worst in a more than five-year conflict ended with no action Sunday, but did see harsh criticism of Russia in particular by the U.S., British and French ambassadors, who also walked out as the Syrian ambassador began to speak.