Twitter enables breaking news and ideas to travel at the speed of your fingers. Here, in no particular order, are the 100 best Twitter users in international affairs.
- By Foreign PolicyThis list was compiled by Brian Fung, an editorial researcher at FP.
Fareed Zakaria (@FareedGPSCNN)—Editor of Newsweek International and host of CNN’s GPS. His latest book, The Post-American World, is a New York Times bestseller.
Bill Easterly (@bill_easterly)—NYU economics professor and aid skeptic. Takes pride in being the 8th-most-famous person from Bowling Green, OH.
Evan Osnos (@eosnos)—Staff writer for The New Yorker. Former Beijing bureau chief and Middle East correspondent for The Chicago Tribune.
Nicholas Kristof (@nytimeskristof)—Columnist for the New York Times. Has traveled to every member of the Axis of Evil at least twice.
Joe Cirincione (@Cirincione)— President of the Ploughshares Fund, expert on nonproliferation issues and Washington National fanatic.
Lara Setrakian (@LaraABCNews)—Reporter for ABC News with great access on Iran. Currently based in Dubai, UAE.
Gideon Rachman (@gideonrachman)—Chief international politics commentator for the Financial Times.
Tom Barnett (@thomaspmbarnett)—Influential security expert, military consultant., and columnist.
Peter Daou (@peterdaou)—Political consultant and commentator. Former Internet advisor to Hillary Clinton’s campaigns.
Al Gore (@algore)—Former vice president. Tree hugger.
Nouriel Roubini (@Nouriel)—NYU professor of economics and international business. Prophet of Doom.
Dambisa Moyo (@dambisamoyo) Zambian-born economist and author of “Dead Aid.”
Kaiser Kuo (@kaiserkuo)—American-raised blogger, dot-com entrepreneur and rock guitarist based in Beijing.
Boris Johnson (@MayorOfLOndon)—London’s outspoken and colorful mayor. Telegraph columnist
Barham Salih (@BarhamSalih)—The deputy prime minister of Iraq. Holds a doctorate in oceanography.
UN Secretary General (@secgen)—Unofficial feed showing Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon’s daily agenda.
Stephen Harper (@pmharper)—Prime minister of Canada. Prefers overtime to shootouts when breaking an ice hockey stalemate.
Matt Steinglass (@mattsteinglass)—Freelance reporter based in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Ranj Alaaldin (@RanjAlaaldin)—A political researcher and analyst specializing in the Middle East. A doctoral candidate at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Mina al Oraibi (@AlOraibi)—Reporter for the pan-Arab daily Asharq Alawsat.
Danny Ayalon (@DannyAyalon)—Deputy foreign minister of Israel.
Kevin Flower (@KevinFlowerCNN)—Middle East correspondent for CNN.
Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu)—Prime minister of Israel.
Bill Keller (@nytkeller)—Executive editor of the New York Times.
Nick Robinson (@bbcnickrobinson)—Political editor of the BBC.
Tim O’Brien (@TimOBrienNYT)—Sunday Business editor at the New York Times and mystery author.
Adm. Mike Mullen (@thejointstaff)—Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and highest-ranking officer in the U.S. military.
Vali Nasr (@vali_nasr) Iranian-American academic and professors at the Fletcher Shool at Tufts University
Anders Fogh Rasmussen (@AndersFoghR) Secretary General of NATO.
Hassan Abbas (@watandost) Fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center, former Pakistani Official, and author.
Alex Strick Van Linschoten (@strickvl) One of the only Western journalists living in Kandahar
Ashraf Ghani (@AshrafGhani) Chairman of the Institute of State Effectiveness. Former Afghan finance minister and presidential candidate.
Shmuel Rosner (@rosnersdomain) Editor and Columnist for the Jerusalem Post.
Tyler Cowen (@tylercowen)Professor of economics at George Mason University and pioneering econoblogger.
Rebecca MacKinnon (@rmack) Journalist and blogger focusing on China and technology.
Ethan Zuckerman (@ethanz) Director of the online news service Global Voices.
Michael Yon (@michael_yon)
Institutions, organizations, and offices:
The Brookings Institution (@BrookingsFP)—The world’s most-cited think tank.
The Center for a New American Security (@CNASdc)—An up-and-coming security think tank in Washington, D.C.
The Council on Foreign Relations (@CFR_org)—Discussions about pressing foreign policy issues.
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (@CarnegieEndow) An international think tank with offices in five countries.
The U.S. State Department (@Dipnote)—The State Department’s official blog.
The National Iranian American Council (@NIACouncil)—A non-profit, non-partisan advocacy group for Iranian-Americans and a great Iran news source.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (@gatesfoundation)—The Microsoft founder’s philanthropic organization.
J Street (@jstreetdotorg)—A Washington lobbying group advocating Mideast peace.
The International Monetary Fund (@IMFNews)—The 186-country organization that monitors global trade and promotes sustainable economic growth.
The UK Foreign Office (@foreignoffice)—Britain’s tech-savvy liaison to the world.
The United Nations (@united_nations)—Anything and everything about the U.N.
National Geographic (@NatGeoChannel)—The world’s premier magazine on geography, natural history, and world culture.
The World Economic Forum (@davos)—Everything “Davos Man” needs to know.
Oxfam (@Oxfam)—The coalition of 13 NGOs devoted to combating global poverty.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (@iaeaorg)—The international nuclear weapons monitoring agency.
The Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University (@elliottschoolgw)—Home of GWU’s graduate programs in international affairs.
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (@OSCE)—With 56 members, the largest regional security organization in the world.
Amnesty International (@amnesty)—The worldwide campaign for global human rights.
#10 Downing (@DowningStreet)—Office of the British prime minister.
The New America Foundation (@NewAmerica)—A non-partisan think tank in Washington, D.C.
The Federation of American Scientists (@FAScientists)—Provides analysis on international security from a scientific and technical perspective.
Asia Society (@AsiaSociety)—Educating Americans about the culture and history of Asia.
Harvard Kennedy School (@Kennedy_School)—Harvard’s elite program on public policy and international affairs.
Atlantic Council (@AtlanticCouncil)—Encourages improved relations between the United States and its European partners.
The Voice of America (@VOA_News)—The U.S. government’s broadcasting service for public diplomacy and news, targeted to an international audience.
The International Crisis Group (@CrisisGroup)—Providing the latest information on violenct conflicts around the world.
The Washington Institute for Near-East Policy (@washinstitute)—Research institution and advocacy think tank on Middle East affairs.
The United States Institute of Peace (@USIP)—Congressionally founded organization promoting conflict resolution.
UNHCR (@Refugees)—The United Nations’ refugee agency.
The Henry L. Stimson Center (@HLStimson)—Pursues research on international security and nonproliferation.
News and blogs:
The United Nations Information Centers (@unic)—A single source for news about the UN.
TehranBureau (@TehranBureau)—News from Iran.
BBC World (@bbcworld)—The BBC’s international desk.
Real Clear World (@RealClearWorld)—From the creators of Real Clear Politics, a continuous stream of global political commentary.
Al Jazeera (@AJEnglish)—The Arabic network’s English-language channel.
The Economist (@TheEconomist)—The venerable British news weekly.
SkyNews (@SkyNews)—Breaking news from Britain and across the world.
The Guardian (@guardiannews)—Britain’s widely read left-leaning daily.
CNN International (@CNNInternatDesk)—The U.S. cable network’s international service.
Dispatches (@dispatches_mag)—Long-form reporting on international issues.
Harper’s (@harpers)—The monthly magazine focusing on politics, literature, and culture.
The New Yorker (@NewYorkerDotCom)—The flagship weekly magazine, with additional cartoons, blogs, audio, video, and archives dating to 1925.
Shanghaiist (@shanghaiist)—Londonist’s cousin in Shanghai.
Haaretz Opinion (@haaretzopinion)—Columns and op-eds from the Israeli daily.
AllAfrica (@allafrica)—An aggregator of news from across Africa.
GlobalPost (@GlobalPost)—Freelance reporting from around the globe.
AfPak Channel (@AfPakChannel) The latest on Afghanistan and Pakistan from the New America Foundation in partnership with Foreign Policy.
El Pais (@el_pais)—Spain’s largest newspaper.
World Politics Review (@wpreview)—In-depth analysis of contemporary global politics.
SWJ (@smallwars)—Online clearinghouse for the latest thinking on counterinsurgency.
U.S. Forces Afghanistan (@usfora)—Links about the United States military effort in Afghanistan.
Dot Earth (@dotearth)—The New York Times’s climate change and environmental blog
FT Energy Source (@ftenergysource)—Energy and the environment, with a Financial Times-style twist.
Economists’ Forum (@economistsforum)—An ongoing panel discussion of economic issues sponsored by the Financial Times.
Plus: FP’ers who tweet:
Foreign Policy (@FP_magazine)—The official Foreign Policy feed.
Colum Lynch (@columlynch) Washington Post U.N. correspondent and Turtle Bay blogger.
Blake Hounshell (@blakehounshell)—Managing editor
Annie Lowrey (@annielowrey)—Assistant editor
Joshua Keating (@joshuakeating)—Associate editor
Elizabeth Dickinson (@dickinsonbeth)—Assistant managing editor
Britt Peterson (@brittkpeterson) Deputy managing editor
Christina Larson (@larsonchristina) Contributing editor