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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February 21, 2018, 4:33 AM EST
The State Department on Tuesday confirmed that Vice President Mike Pence, during his recent visit to South Korea, was prepared to hold a “brief meeting” with representatives of North Korea’s Stalinist regime, but they pulled out “at the last minute.”
February 21, 2018, 4:10 AM EST
Haley says the Palestinian leadership faced a choice between “the path of absolutist demands, hateful rhetoric, and incitement to violence,” and “the path of negotiation and compromise.”
February 20, 2018, 4:29 AM EST
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday accused the U.S. of trying to dismember Syria by supporting Kurdish groups in the northeast, thereby undermining Syria’s territorial integrity.
February 20, 2018, 4:17 AM EST
Male circumcision has long been a controversial topic, and a proposal by lawmakers in Iceland to criminalize the practice is making waves far from the small North Atlantic island nation.
February 19, 2018, 4:36 AM EST
Following Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s fence-mending visit to Turkey, the country’s leaders remain insistent that the U.S. is to blame for the tensions in the relationship between the NATO partners.
February 19, 2018, 4:21 AM EST
Setting aside Iran’s ballistic missile threats, support for terrorism and regional destabilization when crafting the nuclear deal was not a concession but “strategic thinking” on the part of the negotiators, former Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday.
February 18, 2018, 10:13 PM EST
Netanyahu said Israel will act without hesitation to defend itself, and warned that in doing so, “we will act, if necessary, not just against Iran’s proxies that are attacking us, but against Iran itself.”
February 16, 2018, 4:27 AM EST
Marking the tenth anniversary of the assassination of Hezbollah’s top terrorist, the head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force said Thursday the price for his blood will be the eradication of Israel.
February 15, 2018, 6:48 PM EST
Shaken by recent protests against the 39-year-old regime, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is accelerating its cyber warfare capabilities, including embedding spyware into apps used by millions of Iranians – potentially including expats in the West – a new report claims.
February 15, 2018, 4:38 AM EST
“When we see the Assad regime starving civilians in eastern Ghouta or pummeling schools and hospitals in Idlib, we see advisers from Iran and Hezbollah helping direct those atrocities,” Haley said.
February 15, 2018, 4:28 AM EST
On Twitter, the secretary came in for some sharp criticism.
February 14, 2018, 4:33 AM EST
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told an Iraq reconstruction conference Tuesday that the U.S. will remain the country’s “strong partner,” but the head of an Iranian-backed Shi’ite militia with American blood on its hands warned it will target U.S. forces if they remain in the country.
February 14, 2018, 4:21 AM EST
Authorities in Moscow and Ankara are considering renaming streets where U.S. Embassies are located, evidently to embarrass the United States. 
February 13, 2018, 4:50 AM EST
“I wouldn’t put it as distraction,” the official told reporters in a background briefing in Kuwait on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s travel in the region. “I would put it as a symptom of a problem which we all see out there.”
February 13, 2018, 4:36 AM EST
Two points of friction include the Turks’ military operation against U.S.-backed Kurds in northwestern Syria and an American pastor who remains in a Turkish jail 16 months after being arrested on purported security charges.
February 12, 2018, 1:15 AM EST
Kim Jong-un’s younger sister, the subject of breathless media coverage as she smiled her way through a three-day visit to the Winter Olympics in South Korea, heads up the regime’s department responsible for lying to its people about the behavior of a regime whose atrocities have been described as “without parallel in the modern world.”
February 12, 2018, 12:56 AM EST
In what supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called a “crushing response” to Iran’s enemies, hundreds of thousands of Iranians rallied on Sunday to mark the 39th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution, and to reaffirm that the United States remains “enemy number one.”
February 9, 2018, 4:27 AM EST
One day before the opening of the Winter Olympics in South Korea, the Kim Jong-un regime displayed at a military parade the intercontinental ballistic missile which it claimed after its maiden test flight last November could reach anywhere in the continental United States.
February 8, 2018, 6:48 PM EST
U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors fly over Syria on Feb. 2, 2018 in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S.-led coalition to defeat ISIS. (Photo: Air National Guard/Staff Sgt.
February 8, 2018, 4:24 AM EST
“As we provide significant assistance to countries, are these countries that align with our values?” Tillerson asked.