Peter
Schwartzstein

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

@pschwartzstein

Latest Stories

WIRED 

Dec 16, 2016

Civil War Turns Syria’s Doctors Into Masters of Improvisation

BASIL AL-REABI WAS riding home from school in southern Syria, in the fall of 2014, when a roadside bomb struck. The eight-year-old watched as shrapnel shredded his classmates and reduced them to a collection…

Newsweek 

Dec 15, 2016

Why Donald Trump and Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi's Romance Might not Last in Egypt

The life-size cutout of Hillary Clinton looked lonely. On November 8, at the U.S. Embassy’s presidential election night bash in Cairo, dozens of young Egyptians gathered in a cavernous hotel ballroom…

Foreign Affairs 

Dec 8, 2016

The Making of Egypt's Presidents

Letter From Menoufia

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.