A who's who of the foreign-policy Twitterverse in 2011.
- By Foreign PolicyThis list was compiled by Brian Fung, an editorial researcher at FP.
These days, everyone from the Dalai Lama to Bill Gates is on Twitter, the microblogging platform founded in 2006. During breaking news events like the death of Osama bin Laden or for following the Arab uprisings, it’s become an invaluable tool for keeping up to speed. But for many, it’s still just another place to promote their own work, rather than engaging in a more natural give-and-take. So how do you tell who’s really worth following? FP‘s got you covered. Here are 100 Twitter users from around the world who will make you smarter, infuriate you, and delight you — 140 characters at a time.
POLITICIANS AND DIPLOMATS
Danny Ayalon (@DannyAyalon) — Deputy foreign minister of Israel.
Carl Bildt (@carlbildt) — Swedish foreign minister and one of the most candid diplomats around.
Husain Haqqani (@husainhaqqani) — Pakistani ambassador to the United States; fierce advocate of tolerance and healthy bilateral relations.
Stephen Harper (@pmharper) — Prime minister of Canada; prefers overtime to shootouts when breaking an ice-hockey stalemate.
Boris Johnson (@MayorOfLondon) — London’s outspoken and colorful mayor; Telegraph columnist.
Birgitta Jónsdóttir (@birgittaj) — Member of the Icelandic parliament; outspoken WikiLeaks supporter.
Paul Kagame (@PaulKagame) — President of Rwanda and Twitter fanatic.
Khalid Al Khalifa (@khalidalkhalifa) — Foreign minister of Bahrain.
Anders Fogh Rasmussen (@AndersFoghR) — Secretary-general of NATO.
Dmitry Rogozin (@DRogozin) — Russian ambassador to NATO; says the darnedest things.
Alec Ross (@AlecJRoss) — Senior advisor for innovation in the office of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Alexander Stubb (@alexstubb) — Finnish minister for Europe and trade; peace enthusiast.
Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) — Indian politician and former undersecretary-general at the United Nations.
C. Christine Fair (@CChristineFair) — Georgetown University assistant professor, dog lover, and sharp-tongued South Asia expert.
Henry Foy (@HenryJFoy) — New Delhi-based correspondent for Reuters.
Mohammed Hanif (@mohammedhanif) — Brilliant Pakistani novelist.
Huma Imtiaz (@HumaImtiaz) — Pakistani journalist based in Washington, D.C.
Saad Mohseni (@saadmohseni) — Afghan-Australian media tycoon based in Dubai.
Nahal Toosi (@nahaltoosi) — Associated Press correspondent in Islamabad.
Declan Walsh (@declanwalsh) — AfPak correspondent for the Guardian.
Omar Waraich (@OmarWaraich) — Freelance journalist based in Islamabad.
Mosharraf Zaidi (@mosharrafzaidi) — Pakistani newspaper columnist and development consultant; Maple Leafs fanatic.
THE MIDDLE EAST
Issandr El Amrani (@arabist) — Writer and analyst based in Cairo.
Aluf Benn (@alufbenn) — Editor and columnist for Haaretz.
Andy Carvin (@acarvin) — Senior strategist at NPR and curator par excellence of the Arab Spring.
Martin Chulov (@martinchulov) — Middle East correspondent for the Guardian.
Kevin Flower (@KMFlower) — Jerusalem bureau chief for CNN.
Amira Al Husseini (@JustAmira) — Cat-loving Middle East editor for Global Voices, based in Bahrain.
Gregory D. Johnsen (@gregorydjohnsen) — Yemen expert at Princeton University.
Dalia Mogahed (@DMogahed) — Cairo-born director of the Abu Dhabi Gallup Center and Gallup Center for Muslim Studies.
Mina Al-Oraibi (@AlOraibi) — Reporter for the pan-Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat.
Sultan Al Qassemi (@SultanAlQassemi) — Prominent Emirati columnist, investor, and art aficionado; go-to source for breaking news from the Arab world.
Shmuel Rosner (@rosnersdomain) — Editor and columnist for the Jerusalem Post.
Yigal Schleifer (@YigalSchleifer) — Former Turkey correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor.
Lara Setrakian (@Lara) — Reporter for Bloomberg and ABC News. Currently based in Dubai.
Brian Whitaker (@Brian_Whit) — Middle East editor for the Guardian and a keen analyst of regional politics and trends.
Ben Wedeman (@bencnn) — Roving Middle East correspondent for CNN; first Western reporter to enter Libya during the uprising.
Scott Baldauf (@baldaufji) — Africa bureau chief for the Christian Science Monitor.
Ian Birrell (@ianbirrell) — Former deputy editor at the Independent and David Cameron speechwriter; now a columnist and the co-founder of Africa Express music project.
Howard French (@hofrench) — Former New York Times correspondent in Africa and China.
Andrew Mwenda (@AndrewMwenda) — Managing editor of Uganda’s Independent magazine; aid critic.
William Andrew Albano (@niuB) — Taipei-based tech writer who has built a handy list of other China feeds to follow. (Not to be confused with @niubi, another excellent feed by tech CEO Bill Bishop, who is based in Beijing.)
Melissa Chan (@melissakchan) — Intrepid China correspondent for Al Jazeera English.
Gady Epstein (@gadyepstein) — Wickedly funny Beijing correspondent for the Economist, formerly with Forbes.
Steve Herman (@W7VOA) — Voice of America reporter based in Seoul.
Kaiser Kuo (@KaiserKuo) — American-raised blogger, dot-com entrepreneur, and rock guitarist based in Beijing; spokesman for search engine company Baidu.
Mark MacKinnon (@markmackinnon) — Peripatetic Asia correspondent for Canada’s Globe and Mail.
Evan Osnos (@eosnos) — Staff writer for the New Yorker; former Beijing bureau chief and Middle East correspondent for the Chicago Tribune.
Hiroko Tabuchi (@HirokoTabuchi) — Tokyo correspondent for the New York Times.
Alastair Campbell (@campbellclaret) — Former advisor to British Prime Minister Tony Blair; master of spin.
Miriam Elder (@MiriamElder) — Freelance journalist in Moscow.
Edward Lucas (@edwardlucas) — International editor for the Economist, with a focus on Eastern Europe.
Alex Massie (@alexmassie) — Scottish writer and blogger for the Spectator.
Hans Rosling (@HansRosling) — Swedish demographer and global health expert.
Doug Saunders (@DougSaunders) — Europe bureau chief for Canada’s Globe and Mail.
Jon Snow (@jonsnowC4) — Anchor for Britain’s Channel 4 News.
Andrew Stroehlein (@astroehlein) — Brussels-based communications chief for the International Crisis Group.
Praveen Swami (@praveenswami) — Diplomatic editor for the Daily Telegraph; terrorism expert.
Jared Cohen (@JaredCohen) — Director of Google Ideas; formerly a member of the policy planning staff at the U.S. State Department.
Philip J. Crowley (@PJCrowley) — Former State Department spokesman, now unleashed.
Will McCants (@will_mccants) — Former counterterrorism analyst at the State Department; now an expert at CNA.
Vali Nasr (@vali_nasr) — Iranian-American academic and professor at the Fletcher School at Tufts University; former State Department advisor on Pakistan .
Anne-Marie Slaughter (@SlaughterAM) — Professor at Princeton University and former head of policy planning at the State Department.
Joe Cirincione (@Cirincione) — President of the Ploughshares Fund, expert on nonproliferation issues, Washington Nationals fanatic.
Micah Zenko (@MicahZenko) — Analyst at the Council on Foreign Relations; drone critic.
Lou Charbonneau (@lou_reuters) — Reuters reporter at the United Nations.
Mark Knoller (@markknoller) — Longtime White House correspondent for CBS News; fount of obscure presidential trivia.
Ben Smith (@benpolitico) — Breathtakingly fast political reporter and blogger for Politico
Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) — ABC News correspondent; master of Twitter snark.
Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) — Reporter (and self-described "political junkie") for NBC News
Jackson Diehl (@JacksonDiehl) — Deputy editorial page editor at the Washington Post.
David Frum (@davidfrum) — Canadian pundit and former speechwriter for George W. Bush; sort of coined the phrase "Axis of Evil."
Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) — Crusading columnist for the New York Times; has traveled to every member of the Axis of Evil at least twice.
Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) — Outspoken executive director of Human Rights Watch.
Mikko H. Hypponen (@mikkohypponen) — Finnish cybersecurity expert.
Tyler Cowen (@tylercowen) — Professor of economics at George Mason University, author, ethnic food expert, and pioneering econoblogger.
William Easterly (@bill_easterly) — New York University economics professor and aid skeptic. Takes pride in being the 8th-most-famous person from Bowling Green, Ohio.
Richard Florida (@Richard_Florida) — Urbanist and scholar at the University of Toronto; famous for his theories on the "creative class."
Dambisa Moyo (@dambisamoyo) — London-based author and aid critic.
Catherine Rampell (@crampell) — Editor of the Economix blog at the New York Times.
Nouriel Roubini (@Nouriel) — NYU professor of economics and international business; prophet of doom.
Felix Salmon (@felixsalmon) — Eclectic finance blogger for Reuters.
PLUS: FP’ERS WHO TWEET
Also available as a Twitter list
Foreign Policy (@FP_Magazine) — The official Foreign Policy feed
AfPak Channel (@afpakchannel) — The latest on Afghanistan and Pakistan from the New America Foundation in partnership with Foreign Policy
Middle East Channel (@MideastChannel) — The latest on the Middle East from Foreign Policy and the Project on Middle East Political Science
P.J. Aroon (@pjaroonFP) — FP copy chief; tweets about women and typos.
Christian Caryl (@ccaryl) — Washington chief editor of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty; FP contributing editor.
Elizabeth Dickinson (@dickinsonbeth) — Former Nigeria correspondent for the Economist and features editor at Foreign Policy; now a freelance journalist.
Rebecca Frankel (@becksfrankel) — Deputy managing editor, web.
Charles Homans (@chashomans) — Features editor.
Blake Hounshell (@blakehounshell) — Managing editor.
Julia Ioffe (@ioffeinmoscow) — FP correspondent in Moscow.
Joshua E. Keating (@joshuakeating) — Associate editor
David Kenner (@DavidKenner) — Associate editor.
Christina Larson (@larsonchristina) — Contributing editor at Foreign Policy and freelance journalist based in China.
Suzanne Merkelson (@suzmerk) — Editorial assistant.
Moisés Naím (@MoisesNaim) — Former editor in chief of Foreign Policy; now at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Benjamin Pauker (@BenPauker) — Senior editor.
Britt Peterson (@brittkpeterson) — Deputy managing editor.