Eric Ehrmann

Eric Wayne Ehrmann is an author, columnist and analyst who follows sports, politics and WMD proliferation issues in Latin America. His columns arguing that Argentina and Brazil participate in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and honor the Treaty of Tlatelolco (for a nuclear weapons-free Latin America) helped generate opinion that saw both emerging democracies reconcile their defense doctrines with international norms.

His commentary on Latin American affairs has been published by The Christian Science Monitor, The Chicago Tribune, National Review, The New York Times, The Buenos Aires Herald, The Journal of Commerce USA Today, The Toronto Star, Huff Post, World Post, and Algemeiner.

From 1968 to 1971 Ehrmann was an early feature writer for Rolling Stone, working under co-founder Jann S. Wenner. Later, his 1992 essay discussing the radical rock band MC5 and how the cultural freedom promoted by Rolling Stone helped facilitate regime change in Cold War Eastern Europe was featured in the magazine's 25th anniversary issue and the book "The Best of Rolling Stone, 25 Years of Journalism on the Edge" which was published by Doubleday.

His contributions on global affairs, sports and politics appear on HuffPost in Portuguese, Spanish, French as well as English.

Ehrmann, for several years, has authored the "Institutions and Competition" blog on the Russian International Affairs Council website; RIAC is an adjunct of the Russian Academy of Sciences and published in English and Russian. He also participates in a project overseen by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) that compares human analysis with machine predictions.

Early life

Ehrmann was born 13 August 1946 in Cleveland, Ohio and is an only child from a lower middle class family. He worked at the bar mill at Republic Steel in the Flats area of Cleveland to help pay for his early college education and was a member of the United Steelworkers of America (AFL-CIO).

Eric was confirmed in the Reform Jewish Movement in 1962 by Rabbi Arthur Lelyveld of Fairmount Temple-Congregation Anshe Hesed. He was graduated class of 1964 from Shaker High School in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

Rolling Stone

According to the website of Rolling Stone co-founder Jann S. Wenner, Ehrmann began writing for the magazine from his fraternity house while a columnist for The Miami Student, at Miami University of Ohio. At Miami, he pledged Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, (Kappa chapter) at Miami, and was initiated into the Delta Kappa Epsilon ("Deke") as pin Kappa 1113. There, he met P.J. O'Rourke, who pledged Deke but left the program; the friendship continued in later years. Ehrmann subsequetly became a college drop-out. Later, while in northern California, he contributed occasionally to the Berkeley Barb in 1969 and 1970 using his own name, and pseudonyms.

During this period Ehrmann wrote and copyrighted a song "Ask Me If I Care", which was recorded by the band The Lemon Pipers on their first LP, released by Buddah Records, that became a "gold record". Three members of the group were his DKE brothers. Buddah and its publishing arm, Kama Sutra Music, were owned by Morris Levy. Levy was linked to organized crime and was convicted of federal racketeering charges in 1990. Levy used the young music business executive Neil Bogart as a front man.

Ehrmann's November, 1969 coverage of the funeral of beat generation writer Jack Kerouac was published in the Rolling Stone Book of The Beats, published by Hyperion and edited by Holly George-Warren. He split with Rolling Stone over classic editor-writer money disagreements. With the tabloid paying just $50 for a cover story Ehrmann accepted an offer to join the United States Intelligence Community, based in Europe.

Freelancing in Europe

During the 1970s he lived in Heidelberg, and in Paris, attended the Paris-Sorbonne University and wrote about politics, and cultural freedom. At the suggestion of friend and mentor George Bailey, who was a senior executive at publisher, Springer-Ullstein and a biographer of Soviet Nobel Laureate Andrei Sakharov, Ehrmann researched the popular collector movement associated with Hummel figurines and in 1976 wrote a book on what was then one of America's most popular "kitch" ceramic collectables and through clever marketing, it became a success.

Early in the 1970s Ehrmann worked at a facility in Heidelberg (West Germany) known as Building 28, which was a center for the computerization and analysis of human intelligence. He held top secret and special intelligence security clearances (prior to the single scope investigation process). Building 28 was the first US facility to be blown up by terrorists- the Baader-Meinhof gang- in Europe. A few months after that event a former schoolmate from Shaker, David Mark Berger, who had become a member the Israeli olympic team, was murdered by Black September during the Munich massacre.

Returning to the US in 1980 Ehrmann worked as a corporate writer for consultants Peat Marwick in Manhattan, now KPMG. He did ghostwriting for productivity expert W. Edwards Deming, astronaut Frank Bormann, Manfred Rommel, and nuclear weapons strategist Herman Kahn among others. In 1981, at the invitation of Ed Daly, owner of World Airways and a client of Peat Marwick, Ehrmann travelled with Daly to Mogadishu, Somalia to assist in preparation of a study that examined refugee food supply and health problems in the region disputed by Somalia and Ethiopia known as the Ogaden, in the aftermath of the Ogaden War. He travelled to the Ogaden and visited refugee camps and discussed health, food and logistical issues with Lino Bordin, an Italian diplomat who was a special representative of the United Nations High Commission on Refugees unhcr assigned to the region.

He later worked in public relations, at Edelman, developing and supervising programs for the governments of France, the German Democratic Republic, Israel and Mexico and was registered as a foreign agent with US organizations as per legal requirements. He continued to receive advice and mentoring from his friend George Bailey, who had become director of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. It was convenient for the two to meet when Bailey was in New York since RFE-RL had a suite of offices at 1775 Broadway at 57th St. the same building where Ehrmann's office with Edelman was located.

South America and the Buenos Aires Herald

During the late 1980s he lived in Buenos Aires [1] when Argentina was transitioning from dictatorship to democracy and wrote opinion columns for The Buenos Aires Herald. He worked with editors Dan Newland, Mike Soltys and Ronald Hansen. He also authored tourist location features on South America for "Clipper" the magazine of Pan Am airlines, and political articles for National Review.

Ehrmann was hired as a consultant by pioneering political simulation game developer Jim Gasperini and created scenarios and content for the popular political simulation video game, Hidden Agenda, which went on market in 1988. The game helped establish the foundation for the games for change movement and was also purchased by agencies of the U.S. government for use in training.

The University of Virginia at Charlottesville

Returning to the US in 1990 he continued writing on proliferation issues, sometimes collaborating with Christopher Barton at the Center for National Security Law at the University of Virginia. He also investigated and published articles in The Journal of Commerce and The Christian Science Monitor discussing cooperation between Iraq and South American companies in connection with the Iraqi medium range guided missile program known as "Tammuz" in Iraq, and "Condor" in the West, and issues connected with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR).

The University of New Mexico, battling colon cancer

In 1995 he was named writer in residence at the University of New Mexico Department of Communication and Journalism. He also did political commentary for KUNM, the National Public Radio affiliate at the University of New Mexico.

Later in 1995 routine blood tests led to his being diagnosed with colon cancer which was staged as Duke's C-3. After a stretch of colon was removed and one year of chemotherapy doctors gave him a 23% chance of surviving 5 years. He beat the odds and wrote a book "Come 2 Mama" about that journey. In 2000 he participated in the Presidential Cancer Panel. As a 23-year colon cancer survivor, he writes about the importance of screening, and early detection.

Social Media, Brazil and HuffPost

In 2008 as social media became popular he accepted a consulting position with one of the early websites covering the social media beat, "Social Media Today" co-founded by the late Robin Fray Carey. Able to cybercommute, he opted for a change and relocated to Brazil.

In 2009 he started writing blog columns on The Huffington Post. He was one of original bloggers on the HuffPost World section as it was being developed by then-editor Hanna Ingber. Eric is a lifelong fan of the Cleveland Browns and has blogged about them on HuffPost. He resides in Goiania, a city outside the Federal Capital, Brasilia. He is credentialed for coverage of events by Itamaraty (the ministry of external relations), the ministry of defense (MinDef) and the social communications office of the presidency of the republic (SECOM). He is a U.S. citizen who holds permanent residence in Brazil.

His most recent contributor column on HuffPost Brasil (in Portuguese) discusses the peace process in Colombia.




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