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

December 8, 2016, 4:27 AM EST
The United Nations human rights apparatus has yet to explain why it permitted a minute’s silence for Fidel Castro at the start of a meeting of the Human Rights Council early this week.
December 7, 2016, 4:32 AM EST
With just weeks to go before he leaves office, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power has broken with administration policy, referring in public not merely to “genocide” in the context of the Armenian atrocities, but to its “denial.”
December 6, 2016, 7:41 PM EST
Secretary of State John Kerry advised Tuesday against worry over about how President-elect Donald Trump may conduct foreign policy, saying it was too soon to say how things would unfold, but that he was confident “facts and science and common sense and mutual interests” would prevail.
December 6, 2016, 4:12 AM EST
Delegates of the U.N. Human Rights Council opened a meeting in Geneva on Monday by standing silently with heads bowed, after the delegation of Venezuela’s leftist government requested a minute’s silence to “honor” the late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
December 5, 2016, 4:13 AM EST
Not enforcing President Obama’s “red line” on chemical weapons use in Syria carried a “cost” for the United States in the Middle East, Secretary of State John Kerry conceded Sunday, although he insisted that it was a cost based on a misperception.
December 4, 2016, 8:26 PM EST
Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Chinese President Xi Jingping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Tuesday, June 7, 2016.
December 2, 2016, 4:35 AM EST
With one month of 2016 to go, the Obama administration has admitted a total of 14,172 Syrian refugees into the United States so far this calendar year, an increase of 625 percent over the same 11-month period in 2015.
December 2, 2016, 4:21 AM EST
Fundamentalist Muslims argue – citing the Qur’an – that Muslims should not be governed by “infidels.”
December 1, 2016, 7:31 PM EST
Despite Iranian complaints and administration arguments that the move is unnecessary, the U.S. Senate on Thursday approved legislation extending the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) for another ten years – by a vote of 99-0.
December 1, 2016, 4:27 AM EST
French lawmakers on Thursday will debate and vote on a government-backed draft law that could criminalize online pro-life advocacy. The legislation would extend the ambit of already-illegal “interference” in abortion to cover digital media.
November 30, 2016, 4:19 AM EST
“I’m deeply saddened by the passing of Fidel Castro,” began the president of the General Assembly, Peter Thomson of Fiji. He described the Cuban dictator as “one of the iconic leaders of the 20th century."
November 29, 2016, 4:33 AM EST
As the United Nations continues to eulogize Fidel Castro, some of Cuba’s closest allies are pressing for a special U.N. General Assembly session to honor the communist dictator.
November 29, 2016, 4:22 AM EST
Nearly 100,000 Somali refugees have been admitted into the United States since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, including 9,020 during fiscal year 2016 and 1,352 last month alone.
November 28, 2016, 4:37 AM EST
From Pyongyang to Beijing, Vientiane to Hanoi, the leaders of the world’s surviving ruling communist parties showered praise on Fidel Castro over the weekend, recalling with fondness a “comrade” who clung to his ideology long after its ignominious failure across much of the world.
November 27, 2016, 5:26 PM EST
Asked Sunday about Pope Francis’ expression of sorrow on the death of Fidel Castro, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said as a Catholic he believes in the Pope’s theological authority but his faith does not bind him when it comes to foreign policy positions.
November 23, 2016, 4:36 AM EST
“NATO is a defensive alliance,” and Russia has no reason to view it as a threat, State Department spokesman John Kirby said Tuesday, after the Kremlin attributed a decision to deploy nuclear-capable missiles in Russia’s westernmost territory to NATO’s “aggressive” behavior.
November 23, 2016, 4:26 AM EST
A United Nations agency that the United States once recommended be shut down altogether is celebrating its 50th anniversary this week, grappling with ongoing withdrawals by crucial donor states even as its director-general expresses optimism about its future.
November 22, 2016, 4:20 AM EST
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, one of several reported contenders to be secretary of state in the Trump administration, said Monday it is important for the next president to rescind the Iran nuclear deal soon after taking office.
November 21, 2016, 8:04 PM EST
President-elect Donald Trump said Monday that on his first day in office next January he will begin the process of withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a prospective trade deal which has been a centerpiece of the Obama administration’s “rebalance” to Asia, but which Trump while campaigning derided as “horrible.”
November 21, 2016, 4:17 AM EST
In his first two key national security picks, President-elect Donald Trump has chosen two men who are fervent critics of the Iranian regime and the Obama administration’s touted nuclear deal.