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


Latest Stories

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.


Aug 10, 2016


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


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


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…

The Guardian 

Jun 25, 2016

Scientists go against the grain to make Dubai an unlikely quinoa hotspot

With groundwater stores drying up in the Middle East and staple crops under pressure, quinoa is the focus of a bold experiment to improve food security

National Geographic 

Jun 15, 2016

Syria’s Beloved Sweet Shops Follow Its Refugees Into Exile

Civil war has scattered Syria’s bakers, pastry chefs, and restaurateurs. For the foodies—and children—in their new communities, it’s a tasty turn of events.


May 29, 2016

How to run an international airport with jihadists on the doorstep

Running a Middle Eastern airport is fairly challenging at the best of times. There are the lovesick hijackers and the


May 11, 2016

The Black Sea Is Dying, and War Might Push it Over the Edge

Surrounded by six countries, all with their own agendas, the massive body of water is at risk of becoming another casualty of regional strife