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Peter Bittner

Peter Bittner

Peter Bittner is an Editorial Assistant at The Diplomat based in Berkeley, CA where he writes mainly on foreign affairs in East and Central Asia, with an emphasis on environmental issues, international trade and development, and U.S. foreign policy in the region.

A former Fulbright Fellow to Mongolia, Peter will be reporting from Ulaanbaatar for part of the summer of 2016. He is pursuing a Masters in Journalism with a concentration in New Media at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. In addition to his writing and photography, Peter is honing his skills in videography, data visualization, and emerging immersive platforms.

Peter earned his BA at the University of Puget Sound in International Political Economy. He has traveled to over a dozen Asian countries and enjoys chronicling his travels.

His reporting has appeared in a wide range of publications in the United States and Asia including The UB Post, The Oakland North, The Earth Journalism Network, Internews, Education Week, and the Asia Society.

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Pollution Like Snow: A Mongolian Winter
August 31, 2016
Pollution Like Snow: A Mongolian Winter
Mongolia’s true wintertime foe isn’t the cold or the snow. It’s the horrendous air pollution in Ulaanbaatar.
Pollution Like Snow: A Mongolian Winter
The World Sumo Championships in Mongolia
August 04, 2016
The World Sumo Championships in Mongolia
Mongolia hosts its first major international competition for a sport in which its athletes shine.
The World Sumo Championships in Mongolia
The Herding Life in Mongolia
July 28, 2016
The Herding Life in Mongolia
A look at the daily life of nomads 100 km outside of Ulaanbaatar.
The Herding Life in Mongolia
The Naadam Festival: Mongolia's Games
July 19, 2016
The Naadam Festival: Mongolia's Games
This showcase of Mongolian culture has been celebrated for hundred of years.
The Naadam Festival: Mongolia's Games
As ASEM Concludes, World Leaders Condemn Violence in Turkey and Nice
July 18, 2016
As ASEM Concludes, World Leaders Condemn Violence in Turkey and Nice
EU Council President Tusk, President Elbegdorj, and others spoke out against the violence and pledged unity.
As ASEM Concludes, World Leaders Condemn Violence in Turkey and Nice
South China Sea and Nice Attack Preoccupy Asian, European Leaders at ASEM
July 15, 2016
South China Sea and Nice Attack Preoccupy Asian, European Leaders at ASEM
Security issues were at the fore in Ulaanbaatar, but Mongolia shone as a host to the delegates.
South China Sea and Nice Attack Preoccupy Asian, European Leaders at ASEM
Mongolia Celebrates Naadam, Prepares to Host ASEM Summit
July 12, 2016
Mongolia Celebrates Naadam, Prepares to Host ASEM Summit
Amid summer sports festival, the country readies for the largest international event in modern Mongolian history.
Mongolia Celebrates Naadam, Prepares to Host ASEM Summit
Interview: Mongolian Foreign Minister Lundeg Purevsuren
July 05, 2016
Interview: Mongolian Foreign Minister Lundeg Purevsuren
The minister discusses the ASEM summit, the elections in Mongolia, and relations with China, Russia, and the U.S.
Interview: Mongolian Foreign Minister Lundeg Purevsuren
Mongolian People’s Party Routs Democratic Party in Parliamentary Elections
July 01, 2016
Mongolian People’s Party Routs Democratic Party in Parliamentary Elections
Independent observers called the election orderly and competitive, but tainted by last-minute electoral legislation.
Mongolian People’s Party Routs Democratic Party in Parliamentary Elections
Mongolia Votes
July 01, 2016
Mongolia Votes
The Diplomat's Peter Bittner provides a first-hand look at election day in Mongolia's capital, Ulaanbaatar.
Mongolia Votes
Tensions High as Mongolians Cast Ballots in Parliamentary Elections
June 29, 2016
Tensions High as Mongolians Cast Ballots in Parliamentary Elections
Fears of potential unrest have led the capital city to ban public assembly, alcohol sales.
Tensions High as Mongolians Cast Ballots in Parliamentary Elections
China, Russia, Mongolia Sign Long-Awaited Economic Partnership Agreement
June 28, 2016
China, Russia, Mongolia Sign Long-Awaited Economic Partnership Agreement
The below-the-radar trilateral deal could have lasting effects on the region
China, Russia, Mongolia Sign Long-Awaited Economic Partnership Agreement
A Change of Address for Mongolia
June 21, 2016
A Change of Address for Mongolia
Mongolia sets precedent with plans for adoption of new three-word address system this summer.
A Change of Address for Mongolia
US Cabinet Officials Pull Out of China Cyber Talks After Orlando Shooting
June 15, 2016
US Cabinet Officials Pull Out of China Cyber Talks After Orlando Shooting
As U.S. representatives attended to the domestic crisis; meetings in Beijing moved to the sub-ministerial level.
US Cabinet Officials Pull Out of China Cyber Talks After Orlando Shooting
China’s Vice Premier Promotes Silk Road Economic Belt on 4-Country Tour
June 11, 2016
China’s Vice Premier Promotes Silk Road Economic Belt on 4-Country Tour
Zhang Gaoli sought to drum up interest in the ambitious trade and infrastructure network in the Caucasus.
China’s Vice Premier Promotes Silk Road Economic Belt on 4-Country Tour
US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue: Key Takeaways
June 10, 2016
US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue: Key Takeaways
Small victories achieved, but large gaps remain between the U.S. and China on a number of policy fronts.
US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue: Key Takeaways
US Secretary of State Lauds Mongolia’s Democracy, Calls for Greater Transparency
June 08, 2016
US Secretary of State Lauds Mongolia’s Democracy, Calls for Greater Transparency
In his day-long visit ahead of U.S.-China talks, Kerry struck a balance of high praise and mild criticism.
US Secretary of State Lauds Mongolia’s Democracy, Calls for Greater Transparency
Mitsubishi Apologizes to Chinese WWII Forced Laborers
June 06, 2016
Mitsubishi Apologizes to Chinese WWII Forced Laborers
After 70 years, justice for survivors and their families… but not for everyone
Mitsubishi Apologizes to Chinese WWII Forced Laborers
China FM’s Reprimanding of Canadian Journalist the Tip of the Iceberg
June 03, 2016
China FM’s Reprimanding of Canadian Journalist the Tip of the Iceberg
The incident is a sign of China's larger issues with journalists -- and press freedom is only getting worse.
China FM’s Reprimanding of Canadian Journalist the Tip of the Iceberg
US Raises Import Duties on Chinese Steel, China Fires Back
May 27, 2016
US Raises Import Duties on Chinese Steel, China Fires Back
U.S. Commerce Department says China is flooding the world market with below-market price steel.
US Raises Import Duties on Chinese Steel, China Fires Back
China Wary as Obama Permits US Arms Sales to Vietnam
May 26, 2016
China Wary as Obama Permits US Arms Sales to Vietnam
The Chinese government had choice words for Obama after his recent trip to Vietnam.
China Wary as Obama Permits US Arms Sales to Vietnam
Harvard Study: China Fabricates 488 Million Social Media Posts Per Year
May 20, 2016
Harvard Study: China Fabricates 488 Million Social Media Posts Per Year
A Harvard study digs into the details of China's infamous "Fifty Cent Party."
Harvard Study: China Fabricates 488 Million Social Media Posts Per Year
China Defends Market Economy Hopes After EU Condemnation
May 18, 2016
China Defends Market Economy Hopes After EU Condemnation
China wants market economy status at the WTO, but the European Union has its doubts.
China Defends Market Economy Hopes After EU Condemnation
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