Peter
Schwartzstein

Brit-Yank journalist & environment consultant.
Fellow @ Center for Climate & Security, TED fellow, Reporting @NatGeo, @NYT, @bbc etc

@pschwartzstein

Latest Stories

New Security Beat 

Jan 12, 2021

How We Misunderstand the Magnitude of Climate Risks – and Why That Contributes to Controversy

The Syrian civil war has raged for almost a decade now, and in the climate security community it can feel as if we’ve spent at least that long arguing about its causes. For every claim about the impact of...

The Century Foundation 

Dec 15, 2020

Bringing the Natural World into America’s Middle East Policy: Averting a Crisis Foretold

​Today, the Middle East faces a severe security concern that is crystalizing in plain view: the human impact of a rapidly changing natural world. The region, home to some of the world’s most parched lands and much of its...

National Geographic 

Nov 12, 2020

How Iran is destroying its once thriving environmental movement

Iran once boasted one of the greenest governments. But persecution, paranoia, and war have sunk the Middle East’s most vital conservation programs.

Center for Climate & Security 

Jul 16, 2020

Why the Nile Constitutes a New Kind of Water Dispute – and Why That’s Dangerous

​Ever since workers first broke ground on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) in 2011, international commenters have fixated on the Nile as a possible harbinger of future ‘water wars’ to come. And almost since then, water experts have pushed back...

The Century Foundation 

Jul 7, 2020

The Authoritarian War on Environmental Journalism

​ In recent years, journalists in Egypt have fallen afoul of the state while covering almost every environmental issue imaginable. One reporter was beaten for reporting on toxic waste dumping along the Nile.1 Another was repeatedly harassed by state security for...

Smithsonian 

Jun 29, 2020

How Urban Design Can Make or Break Protests

Cities’ geography can aid, underscore or discourage a protest movement’s success

Latest from the Blog

Apr 5, 2020

The Perfect Storm: Coronavirus and Climate Change in the Middle East

The pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus has upended our lives, making a mockery of our illusions of permanence and stability. Economies that only last month appeared solid are teetering. Healthcare systems that were supposed to be resilient are proving anything but. For many of us in the environmental field,...
Read More

Feb 6, 2020

As the Risk of a ‘Water War’ Fades, Is It Too Late to Save the Nile?

Article first featured on World Politics Review At first glance, the Nile valley at Wad Ramli, an hour’s drive north of Khartoum, looks as lush and fertile as ever. Date palms sag, heavy with fruit along the banks. Neat rows of barley await harvesting in the heat. With thousands...
Read More