Foreign Policy’s Twitterati 100

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.



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.

Juan Cole (@jricole)—President of the Global Americana Institute, professor of history at the University of Michigan, and Middle East politics blogger.

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.

Spencer Ackerman (@attackerman)—National security correspondent for The Washington Independent. Blogs on everything from Afghanistan policy to comic books to punk rock.

Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias)—D.C. blogosphere fixture now residing at the Center for American Progress.

Steve Clemons (@SCClemons)—Director of the New America Foundation’s American Strategy Program and a blogger at The Washington Note.

Mark Leon Goldberg (@MarkLGoldberg)—Blogger for the United Nations Foundation’s UN Dispatch, which covers the inner workings of Turtle Bay and Foggy Bottom.

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.”

James Joyner (@drjjoyner)—Manging Editor of the Atlantic Council. Blogger at Outside the Beltway. Gulf War veteran.

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.

Foreign Affairs (@ForeignAffairs_)—The international policy journal.

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.

UN Dispatch (@undispatch)—Commentary on the United Nations from @MarkLGoldberg, @peterdaou and others.

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.

Danger Room (@dangerroom)—Wired magazine’s acclaimed military blog.

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:

In addition to @evgenymorozov and @abuaardvark, you can also find the following FP staffers on Twitter:

Foreign Policy (@FP_magazine)—The official Foreign Policy feed.

Evgeny Morozov (@evgenymorozov) Yahoo fellow at Georgetown University and writter of FP’s Net Effect blog.

Marc Lynch (@abuaardvark) Associate professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University and Middle East blogger.  

Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) Staff writer and Cable blogger. 

Colum Lynch (@columlynch) Washington Post U.N. correspondent and Turtle Bay blogger.

Daniel Drezner (@dandrezner) Professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and writer of an eponymous blog.

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

This list was compiled by Brian Fung, an editorial researcher at FP.

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