Peter
Schwartzstein

Brit-Yank freelance journalist roving around the Middle East.
Currently writing about regional geopolitics for National Geographic and others.

@pschwartzstein

About

I’m a British-American journalist based in Cairo, but am often found muckraking elsewhere in the Middle East and North Africa.

Before making the move to hotter climes in early 2013, I worked for Reuters in London for a bit, where I covered utterly indispensable breaking news stories such as the ash tree blight, culling of badgers, spying submariners and the fortunes of East End micro-brewers. A stint on the macro-economics desk knocked into me a vague understanding as to how the financial markets work.

Since relocating to Egypt, I haven’t completely abandoned my affection for whimsical stories. I’ve delved into the weird and wonderful Cairo croquet scene, belly dancing world, and alcohol market.

For the most part, however, I write about regional geo-political issues, with a focus on trans-boundary water disputes, agriculture, environmental security, climate, energy, and refugee movements.

My work frequently appears in National Geographic, Foreign Policy, Newsweek, Smithsonian Magazine, The Daily Beast, and Quartz. I’ve also contributed a number of articles to The Atlantic, The Guardian, WIRED, Al Jazeera English, TakePart, Politico, The Spectator, Le Monde Diplomatique, VICE, The Atlantic Cities, Jerusalem Post, Jerusalem Report, Small Arms Survey etc..

Over the past few years, I’ve reported from Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Israel, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, UAE, Sudan, Ethiopia, Armenia, Georgia, Ukraine, and Cyprus. I’m available for print and radio features and news story commissions across the wider Middle East. I’ve been fortunate enough to receive grants from a number of organizations, including the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, the Rory Peck Trust, the Society for Environmental Journalists (SEJ), and the Earth Journalism Network. I’m HEFAT-trained and RISC-certified. I won first place in SEJ’s 2016 Awards for Reporting on the Environment in the Beat Large Market.

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