A one Mr. Peter Zeihan has started writing at Stratfor.com, a service to which Sir Younghusband and myself subscribe. Up until now the only authored articles from Stratfor have come from Chairman and Founder George Friedman. (The rest of the analysis is anonymously authored.) Who is this new face at everyone’s favorite “private CIA,” and what’s so special about him to bump him up to the top tier of credited authorship?
I scoured the web for a biography of Mr. Zeihan and came up pretty short. He’s an energy analyst and a Russian and Central Asian affairs analyst. I couldn’t find a proper biography or CV, but for some reason, this email was posted on the web, dated 1997!
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 1997 08:47:47 -0500 (EST)
From: Bernard Krisher
Subject: Re: Korea
November 19, 1997
Dear Peter Zeihan
I apologize for not responding to you sooner but I have just returned from a long trip. Your credentials are impressive and motivation is deeply appreciated but my work with North Korea is basically a “no budget” family project which requires only some volunteer work here in Tokyo, such as helping with shipping, packing and translations. As it is also difficult to get into North Korea, I propose you might wish to look elsewhere to use your skills. I am also quite involved in Cambodia and there are many NGO projects there. Your skills would probably be put to better use in a region where travel is freer and mobility not impeded.
Hello, my name is Peter Zeihan and I am currently a graduate student in international diplomacy and development. I just took in your web page on the North Korea situation. While I don’t have much in the way of financial resources (none actually) I do have a strong background in Korean politics and economics as well as a great deal of first-hand experience living and working in remote areas with little to no contact with the outside world, both in worker and leadership positions. As part of my graduate program I am expected to find an internship dealing with development/diplomacy and so far I have submitted applications to a number of federal agencies and NGOs, but I believe that your program may be more my style. If you are interested in having an assistant who can do everything from long-term on-foot travel to public speaking to computer proficiency, please contact me. I you would like to see a resume I can send one to you.
700 Woodland Ave. F225
Lexington, KY 40508-3423
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Weird — check it out. It’s creepy to think someone would post private emails on the internet and archive them there forever. (And just in case he ever takes it down, I’ve now archived it here — FOREVER!)