Peter Zeihan

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Peter Zeihan
Born (1973-01-18) January 18, 1973 (age 48)
NationalityAmerican
OccupationGeopolitical analyst
Author
Speaker

Peter Zeihan (ZY-ən,[1] born January 18, 1973) is an American geopolitical analyst, author, and speaker.[2][3] He analyzes data from geography, populations, and global politics to understand economic trends and make predictions.[4][5][6][7][8]

Early life and education[edit]

Zeihan was born in 1973[9][10] and grew up adopted in Iowa.[11][12] He attended the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky.[13][14] He is a former analyst for the Austin-based geopolitical intelligence firm Stratfor.[15]

Publications[edit]

Accidental Superpower (2014)[edit]

  • The Accidental Superpower: The Next Generation of American Preeminence and the Coming Global Disorder (Hachette Book Group, 2014)

Zeihan frames the current geopolitical situation as the drawdown of the global economic system that the United States imposed upon the free world at Bretton Woods after its victory in World War II: The United States used its overwhelming naval superiority to build a global trade network as a means towards the end of soviet containment, but is belatedly realizing that the Soviets are gone, that the rest of the world's markets don't have much to offer because they are entering dire economic straits due to aging demographies, and that America is insulated both geographically and, thanks to shale oil, energy independent.[16]

With that in mind, Zeihan predicts an American disengagement from the world, which in turn will leave the other nations of the globe to fend for themselves in securing access to food and energy commodities. He predicts an imminent period of international disorder:

American disinterest in the world means that American security guarantees are unlikely to be honored. Competitions held in check for the better part of a century will return. Wars of opportunism will come back into fashion. History will restart. Areas that we have come to think of as calm will seethe as countries struggle for resources, capital, and markets. For countries unable to secure supplies (regardless of means), there is a more than minor possibility that they will simply fall out of the modern world altogether.[17]

The book was well received, noted as being one of the "best political books of all time" by BookAuthority.[18][19] and was given high praise by The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Kirkus reviews.[20][21][22]

Other books[edit]

  • The Absent Superpower: The Shale Revolution and a World Without America (Zeihan on Geopolitics, 2017)
  • Disunited Nations: The Scramble for Power in an Ungoverned World (Harper Business, 2020)

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGM4vlPeA_4&feature=youtu.be
  2. ^ "Pen and Sword: Disunited Nations, with Peter Zeihan". Stratfor. Retrieved 11 June 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "How Coronavirus Is Accelerating the End of Globalism, Feat. Peter Zeihan". Retrieved 11 June 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Pen and Sword: Disunited Nations, with Peter Zeihan". Stratfor. Retrieved 11 June 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "How Coronavirus Is Accelerating the End of Globalism, Feat. Peter Zeihan". Retrieved 11 June 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Hoskinson, Charles. "Is Putin Risking World Peace Because Russia is Dying?". WashingtonExaminer.com. Washington Examiner. Retrieved 14 November 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ LaFranchi, Howard. "What is Vladimir Putin up to sending Russian bombers close to the US?". ChristianScienceMonitor.com. Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 14 November 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Denning, Liam (19 August 2014). "Oil's New World Order". The Wall Street Journal. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 14 November 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Center, McConnell (27 April 2017). "Peter Zeihan on "The New President & the World: Challenges & Opportunities"" – via Vimeo.
  10. ^ "Executive Profile - Zeihan on Geopolitics - Peter Zeihan - Customer Intelligence". www.boardroominsiders.com.
  11. ^ https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-12-disunited-nations/id1537516628?i=1000505291898
  12. ^ "Amazon.com: The Accidental Superpower: The Next Generation of American Preeminence and the Coming Global Disorder eBook: Peter Zeihan: Kindle Store". www.amazon.com.
  13. ^ IFTV (24 November 2014). "Peter Zeihan" – via YouTube.
  14. ^ https://www.linkedin.com/in/peter-zeihan-01b2b059
  15. ^ Denning, Liam. "The Coming Hobbesian World". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved December 3, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ "USA became net exporter of petroleum in Oct 2019". Retrieved 2020-06-25.
  17. ^ Zeihan, Peter, The Accidental Superpower: The Next Generation of American Preeminence and the Coming Global Disorder (New York: Hachette Book Group, 2014) p. 155 ISBN 978-1-4555-8368-3
  18. ^ "100 Best Economic Development Books of All Time". BookAuthority. Retrieved 2019-12-17.
  19. ^ "100 Best Politics Books of All Time". BookAuthority. Retrieved 2019-12-17.
  20. ^ Zakaria, Fareed. "America's prospects are promising indeed". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 20, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  21. ^ Denning, Liam. "The Coming Hobbesian World". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved December 3, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  22. ^ THE ACCIDENTAL SUPERPOWER by Peter Zeihan | Kirkus Reviews.