Peter
Schwartzstein

Brit-Yank journalist & consultant roving around the Middle East.
Fellow at the Center for Climate and Security, @NatGeo, @Newsweek, @bbc etc

@pschwartzstein

About

I’m a British-American journalist, consultant, and think-tanker based in Cairo, but am usually on the road elsewhere in the Middle East and North and East Africa.

I write about regional environment and geo-political issues, with a focus on trans-boundary water disputes, the conflict-climate nexus, food security and refugee movements. Though in an effort to stay sane, I also contribute occasional history and science stories to Smithsonian Magazine.

My work usually appears in National Geographic, Foreign Policy, Newsweek, and the BBC. I’ve also published a number of articles in The Atlantic, WIRED, The Guardian, Foreign Affairs, Politico, Le Monde Diplomatique, Quartz, and Al-Jazeera English, among other outlets.

Over the past six years, I’ve reported from Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Israel, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, UAE, Sudan, Kenya, 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.

Since 2017, I’ve also been consulting for the UN Environment Program, writing mini-reports for them on some of the Middle East and Africa’s most pressing environmental woes.

Most recently, I joined the Center for Climate and Security, a non-partisan DC-based think tank, as a non-resident research fellow. There, I’ll be contributing to the center’s coverage of how climate change and other environment problems are fueling conflict and terrorism across the globe.

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