A who’s who of the foreign-policy Twitterverse in 2012.
- By Alessandra N. RamAlessandra N. Ram is a researcher at Foreign Policy.
In a year of economic and political upheaval, with China on the rise, Europe seemingly in meltdown, and the Middle East in flames — amid a pitched battle for the White House — here are the 100 Twitter feeds you need to follow to make sense of it all. To make it easy, we’ve even collected them for you in a handy, one-stop list.
ALL-AROUND NEWS AND VIEWS
David Frum (@davidfrum) — Canadian pundit and former speechwriter for George W. Bush; sort of coined the phrase “Axis of Evil.”
Neal Mann (@fieldproducer) — Social-media editor at the Wall Street Journal, formerly with Sky News. Avid climber.
Steve Inskeep (@NPRInskeep) — Globetrotting host of NPR’s Morning Edition.
Anup Kaphle (@AnupKaphle) — Digital editor for foreign and national security at the Washington Post; self-described Yeti expert.
Mark Knoller (@markknoller) — Longtime White House correspondent for CBS News; fount of obscure presidential trivia.
Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) — Crusading columnist for the New York Times; has traveled to every member of the Axis of Evil at least twice.
Jim Roberts (@nytjim) — Gentlemanly assistant managing editor of the New York Times; Grateful Dead fan.
Andrew Schwartz (@handrewschwartz) — Senior VP at the Center for Strategic & International Studies in Washington and a great aggregator of national security news.
Ben Smith (@BuzzFeedBen) — Lightning-fast editor of BuzzFeed; ringleader of the American political twittersphere.
Jon Williams (@WilliamsJon) — BBC foreign editor and Middle East watcher.
Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) — Outspoken executive director of Human Rights Watch.
Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) — ABC News senior White House correspondent and master of snark. Breaks a ton of news, both domestic and foreign.
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POLITICIANS AND DIPLOMATS
Carl Bildt (@carlbildt) — Swedish foreign minister and one of the most candid diplomats around. But he’s having a hard time keeping up with @sweden these days.
Hugo Chávez (@chavezcandanga) — With more than 3 million followers and a penchant for handing out free houses to tweeps, the Venezuelan strongman is a force to be reckoned with.
Paul Kagame (@PaulKagame) — President of Rwanda and Twitter fanatic.
U.S. Sen. John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) — Leader of the loyal opposition.
Michael McFaul (@McFaul) — Barack Obama’s ambassador to Russia, live and occasionally uncensored.
Susan Rice (@AmbassadorRice) — Most official Twitter feeds are unspeakably dull. But Obama’s U.N. envoy stands out for her passion and candor.
Ilves Toomas (@ilvestoomas) — The president of “E-stonia” posts regularly with thoughts on technology and economics, but really made headlines this year with a profanity-laced rant against New York Times columnist Paul Krugman.
Tom Watson (@tom_watson) — Garrulous member of the British parliament and scourge of NewsCorp.
Chris Adams (@chrisadamsmkts) — Markets editor at the Financial Times.
Daniel Altman (@altmandaniel) — Adjunct associate professor of economics at New York University’s Stern School of Business and chief economist of Big Think.
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.
Fabrizio Goria (@fgoria) — Italian financial journalist and perhaps the essential follow for breaking news on Europe’s economic crisis.
Megan Greene (@economistmeg) — Frighteningly prescient economist at Roubini Global Economics, with a focus on the eurozone crisis.
Robert Peston (@Peston) — Business editor for the BBC.
Nouriel Roubini (@Nouriel) — NYU professor of economics and international business; prophet of doom.
Felix Salmon (@felixsalmon) — Eclectic finance blogger for Reuters.
Joseph Weisenthal (@TheStalwart) — Hyperactive deputy editor at Business Insider.
Zero Hedge (@zerohedge) — Shadowy and often hysterical, but always essential group feed on financial markets.
Tony Fratto (@TonyFratto) — Former U.S. Treasury and White House official, now at Hamilton Place strategies.
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Edward Lucas (@edwardlucas) — International editor for the Economist, with a focus on Eastern Europe.
J. Clive Matthews (@Nosemonkey) — Managing editor, MSN International, but tweets mainly about the European Union.
Nick Malkoutzis (@NickMalkoutzis) — Deputy editor of Kathimerini, Greece’s daily English-language newspaper and an essential source on the Greek economic crisis.
Paul Mason (@paulmasonnews) — Economic editor at Newsnight and a must-follow on European debt-crisis news.
Doug Saunders (@DougSaunders) — Rangy Europe bureau chief for Canada’s Globe and Mail.
Peter Spiegel (@SpiegelPeter) — Brussels bureau chief for the Financial Times and stalwart summit-tweeter.
Matina Stevis (@MatinaStevis) — Brussels-based journalist for Dow Jones and the Wall Street Journal; a key follow on the European crisis.
Shaun Walker (@shaunwalker7) — Moscow correspondent for the Independent.
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THE MIDDLE EAST
Issandr El Amrani (@arabist) — Writer and analyst based in Cairo.
Borzou Daragahi (@borzou) — Roving Middle East and North Africa correspondent for the Financial Times and a great aggregator of regional news.
Jeffrey Goldberg (@Goldberg3000) — Washington-based correspondent for the Atlantic; official therapist of the U.S.-Israel relationship.
Robin Mills (@robinenergy) — Dubai-based energy consultant and columnist.
Prashant Rao (@prashantrao) — AFP’s Baghdad bureau chief and one of the few good feeds on Iraq.
Sultan Al Qassemi (@SultanAlQassemi) — Prominent Emirati columnist, investor, and art aficionado; go-to source for breaking news from the Arab world.
Barak Ravid (@BarakRavid) — Diplomatic correspondent for Haaretz. Scoop machine.
Liz Sly (@LizSly) — Beirut-based correspondent for the Washington Post. Essential on Syria.
Brian Whitaker (@Brian_Whit) — Middle East editor for the Guardian and a keen analyst of regional politics and trends.
Mahir Zeynalov (@MahirZeynalov) — Istanbul-based journalist for Today’s Zaman.
Africa Is a Country (@africaisacountry) — Opinionated group feed of various Africa hands.
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.
Teju Cole (@Tejucole) — Nigerian-born novelist who hops between Lagos and Brooklyn.
Howard French (@hofrench) — Journalism professor; former New York Times correspondent in Africa and China.
Andrew Mwenda (@AndrewMwenda) — Managing editor of Uganda’s Independent magazine; aid critic.
Lydia Polgreen (@lpolgreen) — New York Times bureau chief in Johannesburg, formerly in New Delhi.
U.S. Embassy Pretoria (@usembpretoria) — America’s diplomatic mission to South Africa; puts out a surprisingly good all-purpose Africa feed.
Binyavanga Wainaina (@BinyavangaW) — Acid-tongued Kenyan author and director of the Chinua Achebe Center for African Writers and Artists at Bard College.
Randy Archibold (@rcarchiboldNYT) — New York Times correspondent in Central America.
Mariano Castillo (@marianoCNN) — CNN’s Latin America news desk editor. A good all-purpose feed.
Damien Cave (@damiencave) — New York Times correspondent in Mexico.
Gabriel Elizondo (@elizondogabriel) — Brazil correspondent for Al Jazeera English, based in São Paulo.
Ai Weiwei (@aiwwenglish) — The English-language feed of China’s most famous dissident artist.
Bill Bishop (@niubi) — Beijing-based investor, blogger, and all-around China watcher. (Not to be confused with @NiuB, another good feed for China news.)
Gady Epstein (@gadyepstein) — Wickedly funny Beijing correspondent for the Economist, formerly with Forbes.
Kim Jong Number Un (@KimJongNumberUn) — Cheeky fake feed of North Korea’s new leader.
Tom Lasseter (@TomLasseter) — McClatchy’s well-traveled Beijing bureau chief.
Jean Lee (@newsjean) — AP Korea bureau chief and the only journalist to tweet (semi-) regularly from Pyongyang.
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.
The Relevant Organs (@relevantorgans) — Hilarious fake feed satirizing the Chinese government.
Hiroko Tabuchi (@HirokoTabuchi) — Tokyo correspondent for the New York Times, tweeting on everything from high-tech to high art.
C. Christine Fair (@CChristineFair) — Georgetown University assistant professor, dog lover, and sharp-tongued South Asia expert.
Sadanand Dhume (@dhume01) — South Asia analyst at the American Enterprise Institute.
Bilal Sarwary (@bsarwary) — BBC reporter based in Kabul. A go-to source for breaking news from Afghanistan.
Declan Walsh (@declanwalsh) — Pakistan correspondent for the New York Times.
Omar Waraich (@OmarWaraich) — Freelance journalist based in Islamabad.
J.M. Berger (@intelwire) — A high-volume, high-energy feed focused primarily on counterterrorism, from a Boston-based journalist.
Joe Cirincione (@Cirincione) — President of the Ploughshares Fund, expert on nonproliferation issues, and recovering Red Sox fan.
Michael Clemens (@m_clem) — Wide-ranging scholar at the Center for Global Development.
Will McCants (@will_mccants) — Former counterterrorism analyst at the State Department; now an expert at CNA.
Tom Murphy (@viewfromthecave) — A Boston-based aid consultant and blogger whose feed provides a useful clearinghouse for news and views on aid and international development.
Anne-Marie Slaughter (@SlaughterAM) — Professor at Princeton University and former head of Policy Planning at the State Department.
Micah Zenko (@MicahZenko) — Analyst at the Council on Foreign Relations; drone critic.
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Lou Charbonneau (@lou_reuters) — Reuters reporter at the United Nations.
Matthew Lee (@innercitypress) — Eccentric but comprehensive U.N. coverage.
Mikko H. Hypponen (@mikko) — Finnish cybersecurity expert.
Trevor Timm (@trevortimm) — Activist and blogger at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Ethan Zuckerman (@EthanZ) — Co-founder of the social media network Global Voices, now at MIT’s Media Lab.
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) — Editor of FP’s Democracy Lab (@Democracy_Lab).
Michael Dobbs (@michaeldobbs) — Award-winning journalist and U.S. Holocaust Museum fellow live-blogging for the trial of Ratko Mladic for ForeignPolicy.com.
Isaac Stone Fish (@isaacstonefish) — Associate editor with a focus on China.
Uri Friedman (@UriLF) — Associate editor.
Blake Hounshell (@blakehounshell) — Managing editor.
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.
Benjamin Pauker (@BenPauker) — Senior editor.