Eric Ehrmann

Writes on sports and politics.

Eric's posts appear since 2009 on HuffPo US, and on HuffPo Brasil, HuffPo UK, El HuffPo Madrid, HuffPo France, HuffPo Quebec and Al HuffPo Maghreb. He is also a contributor to WorldPost, now a partnership of Berggruen Institute and The Washington Post. His "Institutions and Competition" column is a feature on the blog of the Russian International Affairs Council, an adjunct organization of the Russian Academy of Sciences since 2013. He is also involved in a predictive analytics project run by the Intelligence Advanced Research Project (IARPA) that determines the effectiveness of teamwork between humans and machine-based actors. Eric resides outside Brasilia, the federal capital, and is credentialed by Itamaraty, Brazil's ministry of external relations, by SECOM, the communications secretaritat of the president of the republic, and MINDEF (defense ministry) He was a member of PEN, the international writers organization that supports creative freedom from 1995 until May 2017 and advocated extending the advocacy PEN offers to writers, to bloggers. Eric was an early contributor to Rolling Stone, working under co-founder Jann S. Wenner from 1968-70, and helped the publication evolve from underground tabloid to a mainstream publication. His work at RS is anthologized by Doubleday and Hyperion. He covered the funeral of Beat icon Jack Kerouac in 1969. After a split with Wenner over classic writer-editor issues he lived in Europe, attended the Sorbonne during the Cold War and wrote on politics and cultural freedom. During his years in Europe he spent some time as a member of the U.S. intelligence community, holding top secret and special intelligence clearances (prior to the single scope vetting process). He is fluent in several languages. In 1981 while employed by consulting firm KPMG he was invited by World Airways owner Ed Daily (a client of KPMG) to be part of a survey team to travel to Somalia on the first 747 to land in Mogadishu and asess the refugee situation in the disputed Ethiopia-Somalia region known as the Ogaden, where he met and interviewed UN diplomat Lino Bordin and others as part of the activity. During Argentina's transition from Dirty War to democracy his columns on politics and proliferation issues were featured in the Buenos Aires Herald and US publications including the Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Journal of Commerce, National Review, New York Times and USA Today. Some of these columns helped create a groundswell of public opinion that saw Argentina and Brazil reconcile their security strategies with international norms and sign and ratify the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty, and the Treaty of Tlatelolco which guarantees a nuclear weapons-free Latin America. He holds U.S. citizenship and also holds permanent resident status in Brazil. He is a 22 year C-3 colon cancer survivor. Hide full bio