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Peter Schwartzstein

Portrait of Peter SchwartzsteinPeter Schwartzstein
Journalist in Residence

Peter Schwartzstein is a Journalist in Residence at the Center for Climate and Security. Based in Cairo since 2013, he covers water, food and environmental security issues across 20 countries in the Middle East and Africa, with a particular focus on how climate change is contributing to conflict and terrorism in the region. Peter’s work regularly appears in National Geographic, Newsweek, Foreign Policy and Smithsonian magazines, among other publications. Most recently, he traveled the length of the Nile for a BBC investigation into how climate change and population growth are poisoning relations between the riverine states, and spent three years reporting in Iraq on how ISIS profited from dire conditions in the country’s agricultural heartlands to recruit farmers into its ranks.

In addition to journalism, Peter consults for the UN Environment Program and mentors young environmental reporters. Prior to his move to the Middle East, he worked for Reuters in London. Peter holds BA and MA degrees from Trinity College, Dublin, and is a member of the Royal Geographic Society, Overseas Press Club, Society of Environmental Journalists and Frontline Freelance Register.

email: pflschwartz (at)

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