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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January 4, 2019, 4:22 AM EST
The U.S. and Iran exchanged accusations Thursday about Iranian missile activity, a dispute that once again underscores the consequences of Obama administration decisions in 2015 that eased international pressure on the regime.
January 3, 2019, 4:31 AM EST
Taiwan’s president responded coolly Wednesday to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s declaration that the island democracy “must and will be” united with communist-ruled China – by force if necessary – saying Xi’s stance made clear that Taiwan’s “misgivings” about Beijing are well-founded.
January 3, 2019, 4:21 AM EST
The plight of Issam Aqel has stoked outrage in some quarters, with one U.S.-based Jewish organization saying the U.S. should withhold all aid to the P.A. until it releases him.
January 2, 2019, 2:18 AM EST
On the day after her tenure as ambassador to the U.N. ended, Nikki Haley on Tuesday welcomed the official U.S. withdrawal from UNESCO, describing the U.N. cultural agency as a corrupt and biased “cesspool.”
January 1, 2019, 10:44 PM EST
Kim Jong Un ushered in 2019 underlining a commitment to not manufacture, use or proliferate nuclear weapons, but warned that continuing U.S. sanctions and pressure may compel him to “find a new way” to defend North Korea’s sovereignty.
January 1, 2019, 5:50 PM EST
Taking the helm of the world’s fifth largest country on Tuesday, President Jair Bolsonaro pledged to free Brazil from “corruption, crime, economic irresponsibility and ideological submission” and to respect its “Judeo-Christian tradition.”
December 28, 2018, 12:32 AM EST
Google has evidently taken down a user-generated map depicting the boundaries of the historical Kurdistan region, following demands by the Turkish government after a lawmaker complained the map served as “terrorist propaganda.”
December 27, 2018, 9:23 PM EST
A day after President Trump told U.S. military personnel in Iraq that the U.S. would maintain a presence there, in part, to keep a “watch over Iran,” the regime in Tehran slammed the president’s visit and warned him to withdraw the troops.
December 27, 2018, 12:45 AM EST
President Trump’s unannounced visit Wednesday to U.S. forces in Iraq brought a veiled threat from the leader of an Iranian-backed Shi’ite militia – remove the troops or face the type of bloodshed they confronted before their previous withdrawal, in 2011.
December 26, 2018, 5:39 PM EST
President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have paid a surprise visit to Iraq, meeting with U.S. troops at an airbase in Anbar province “to thank them for their service, their success, and their sacrifice and to wish them a Merry Christmas,” the White House said.
December 25, 2018, 11:27 PM EST
As the various parties engaged in the Syrian conflict mull the looming departure of U.S. forces, the U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS in both Syria and Iraq announced airstrikes were continuing to degrade a terrorist group that “presents a very real threat to the long-term stability in this region.”
December 25, 2018, 11:02 PM EST
Lawmakers in Iran have defeated a bid to outlaw the marrying of girls aged nine to 13, just days after the findings of a new global report indicate, once again, that women fare worse in Islamic countries.
December 21, 2018, 4:27 AM EST
The retired Marine Corps general’s resignation letter suggested differences with the president over how America deals with friends and foes alike.
December 21, 2018, 4:14 AM EST
“The idea of ‘catch and release’ will be replaced with ‘catch and return,’” Pompeo told Laura Ingraham.
December 20, 2018, 4:39 AM EST
The Kremlin is stepping up threats to deploy land-based intermediate-range missiles if the U.S. goes ahead with plans to withdraw from a Cold War-era arms-control treaty.
December 20, 2018, 4:28 AM EST
So our boys, our young women, our men – they’re all coming back, and they’re coming back now,” he said. “We won, and that’s the way we want it.”
December 19, 2018, 4:30 AM EST
Three months after Pakistan complained about a U.S. decision to withhold funding over a failure to tackle terrorism effectively, a government minister has been caught on camera evidently pledging to support a global terrorist who is the subject of a $10 million U.S. reward offer.
December 19, 2018, 4:22 AM EST
The visit may mark a grudging acknowledgment by Arab states that it’s time to resume business with Bashar al-Assad.
December 18, 2018, 4:44 AM EST
The United States waged a lonely struggle at the United Nations on Monday as it opposed the inclusion in resolutions of language that some advocacy groups have used to promote abortion – and even a global “right” to abortion.
December 18, 2018, 4:33 AM EST
CAIR’s legal defense fund is supporting a speech therapist whose attempt to renew her contract with a school district in an Austin suburb hit a hurdle when she refused to sign a document affirming she does not boycott Israel.