The Global Thinker Twitterati
A who's who of the foreign-policy Twitterverse in 2011.
•Alaa Al Aswany (@alaaaswany): For channeling Arab malaise — and Arab renewal.
•Razan Zaitouneh (@razanz): For speaking truth to a bloody power.
•Tawakkol Karman (@TawakkolKarman): For keeping the spirit of the Arab Spring alive against impossible odds.
•Wadah Khanfar (@khanfarw): For turning the Al Jazeera revolution into an actual one.
•Jean-Claude Trichet (@ecb_europa_eu): For steering the world amid crisis.
•Barack Obama (@BarackObama): For leading from behind — and showing it’s not necessarily a bad thing.
•Azim Premji (@Wipro): For being the Bill Gates of India.
•Christine Lagarde (@Lagarde): For not shrinking from a crisis — or its unpopular solutions.
•Jack Dorsey (@jack): For changing how we do just about everything — even overthrow governments.
•Ai Weiwei (@aiww): For standing up to the Chinese Communist Party — even after it threw him in jail.
•Bill and Hillary Clinton (@ClintonTweet): For being America’s premier power couple — and showing why it matters.
•Bernard-Henri Lévy (@bernardhl): For taking on a real war this time.
•David Beers (@standardpoors): For forcing a long-overdue conversation on America’s debt.
•Salam Fayyad (@SalamFayyad_pm): For forging a path between violence and surrender.
•Nouriel Roubini (@Nouriel): For doubling down on doomsaying.
•Paul Krugman (@NYTimeskrugman): For keeping the Keynesian flame alive in an age of austerity.
•Joseph Stiglitz (@joestiglitz): For questioning global markets run amok — before it was cool.
•Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma): For holding Wall Street accountable.
•Amy Chua (@amychua): For proving that even a parenting memoir can shake the world.
•Paul Ryan (@RepPaulRyan) : For putting America’s debt problem on top of the agenda.
•Robert Zoellick (@WorldBank): For looking to reinvent aid for a new era.
•Dilma Rousseff (@dilmabr): For being the powerful voice of the new Global South.
•Saskia Sassen (@SaskiaSassen): For her passionate advocacy of an urban-based society.
•Luis Moreno-Ocampo (@IntlCrimCourt): For demanding that war criminals be held accountable.
•Steven Pinker (@sapinker): For looking on the bright side.
•Andrew Sullivan (@sullydish): For his eloquent and passionate advocacy of gay rights.
•John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain): For finding his voice again — in support of democrats the world over.
•Mohamed El-Erian (@PIMCO): For delivering the economic tough love that a world in denial needs.
•Martin Wolf (@economistsforum): For appealing to the highest common denominator.
•Thomas Friedman (@NYTimesFriedman): For holding out hope of American renewal.
•Jens Stoltenberg (@jensstoltenberg): For meeting terror with humanity.
•Mikko Hypponen (@mikko): For helping us understand the new threats of the cyber era.
•Nancy Birdsall (@nancymbirdsall): For showing that a handout can be the best kind of leg up.
•Barry Eichengreen (@B_Eichengreen): For showing us that money isn’t everything.
•Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth): For putting the muscle back in human rights.
•Tyler Cowen (@tylercowen): For finding markets in everything.
•Rory Stewart (@RoryStewartUK): For challenging the COINdinistas.
•Bjorn Lomborg (@BjornLomborg): For looking more right than ever on the politics of climate change.
•Lester Brown (@EarthPolicy): For calling the food crisis of 2011.
•Yoani Sánchez (@yoanisanchez): For showing that the Internet really does go everywhere, even Castro’s Cuba.
•Clay Shirky (@cshirky): For understanding the revolutionary power of social media — first.
•Pervez Hoodbhoy (@pervezhoodbhoy): For his bold secular defiance.
•Andy Sumner (@andypsumner): For finding the new "bottom billion."
•John Githongo (@johngithongo): For working to build a nation of watchdogs.
•Paul Farmer (@PIH): For reminding the world of Haiti’s continuing struggle.
•Anne-Marie Slaughter (@SlaughterAM): For using new tools to advocate for a new foreign policy.
•Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (@NOkonjoIweala): For returning home to clean house.
•Boris Johnson (@MayorOfLondon): For giving a kinder face to Euroskepticism.
•Mari Kuraishi (@mashenka): For crowd sourcing worldsaving.
•Arvind Subramanian (@arvindsubraman): For sounding the alarm on China’s economic ascendancy.
•Rickard Falkvinge (@Falkvinge): For taking pirates into politics.
•Teodoro Petkoff (@ConTeodoro): For standing up to Hugo Chávez.