Peter
Schwartzstein

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

@pschwartzstein

Latest Stories

TakePart 

Nov 3, 2016

The World's Sunniest Country Is Killing Its Solar Power Industry

With Egypt’s once promising renewable energy sector crippled, the government is turning to coal.

Smithsonian 

Oct 16, 2016

The Bizarre Tale Of the Middle East’s First Space Program

In Lebanon, reminders of what could have been still stand

Outside 

Oct 5, 2016

“ISIS Weather” Brings Battles and Bloodshed in Iraq

The terrorist group typically ramps up attacks during the country's stormy winter

Newsweek 

Sep 14, 2016

The Syrian Civil War Could Spell The End Of Antibiotics

Mohammed Abu Ara is the face of a grave new threat, but propped up on his bed in an airy segregated hospital ward in Jordan, there’s not a hint of menace about him. With his left arm cut off above…

National Geographic 

Sep 12, 2016

Soaring Food Prices Make Muslim Holiday Meatless for Many

The holy days of Eid al-Adha include the ritual slaughter and sharing of fresh meat. But many Egyptian families can't afford it this year

Foreign Policy 

Sep 6, 2016

Inside the Syrian Dust Bowl

The Assad family’s favorite international development organization tried to turn Syria into an agricultural powerhouse. Its failure sparked a civil war.

Newsweek 

Aug 10, 2016

ISIS IS DIGGING UP NAZI LAND MINES IN EGYPT

Even at the height of summer, when the upper crust of Cairo descends on the nearby Mediterranean coast, the world’s largest open-air armory is a bleak place. With up to

Smithsonian 

Jul 28, 2016

How the American Civil War Built Egypt’s Vaunted Cotton Industry and Changed the Country Forever

The battle between the U.S. and the Confederacy affected global trade in astonishing ways

Quartz 

Jul 17, 2016

African farmers say they can feed the world, and we might soon need them to

Food exhibitions in the Mediterranean region tend to attract a familiar cast of characters. There are the Gulf Arab agribusinesses, looking to expand their reach, and the large-scale European farming…