Peter
Schwartzstein

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

@pschwartzstein

Latest Stories

Foreign Affairs 

Apr 6, 2017

The Dangerous State of Iraq's Rivers

Letter From Abu Ghraib

Newsweek 

Mar 21, 2017

Forget ISIS, Egypt's Population Boom Is Its Biggest Threat

Egypt's ballooning birth rate and severe food and water shortage could threaten its national security.

National Geographic 

Feb 6, 2017

Iraq's Unique Wildlife Pushed to Brink by War, Hunting

After decades of strife, the world’s first civilization is losing many of its animals, such as otters, deer, songbirds, and more.

The Guardian 

Jan 18, 2017

Iraq's Marsh Arabs test the waters as wetlands ruined by Saddam are reborn

In the country’s southern marshes, the government is helping families to rebuild their floating communities, 25 years after the land was drained

The Daily Beast 

Jan 2, 2017

The Explosive Secrets of Egypt’s Desert

When foreign troops packed up and left the Sahara after World War II, they left behind a diabolical maze of landmines.

National Geographic 

Dec 21, 2016

Battered By Climate Change, Nile Farmers Forge New Course

Egypt's farmers are going back to school to learn how to adapt to a drying land.

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