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.

Mohamed ElBaradei (@ElBaradei), Wael Ghonim (@Ghonim): For defying the police state — and inspiring millions to join them.

Razan Zaitouneh (@razanz): For speaking truth to a bloody power.

Rached Ghannouchi (@R_Ghannouchi), Khairat El Shater (@ikhwan): For working to reconcile Islamism and democracy (we hope).

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.

Eman Al Nafjan (@Saudiwoman), Manal al-Sharif (@manal_alsharif): For putting Saudi women in the driver’s seat.

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.

Bill (@BillGates) and Melinda Gates (@melindagates): For putting their money where their mouth is.

Azim Premji (@Wipro): For being the Bill Gates of India.

Christine Lagarde (@Lagarde): For not shrinking from a crisis — or its unpopular solutions.

Ahmet Davutoglu (@Ahmet_Davutoglu), Recep Tayyip Erdogan (@RT_Erdogan): For imagining a new role for Turkey in the world — and making it happen.

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.

Sami Ben Gharbia (@ifikra), Daniel Domscheit-Berg (@openleaks), Alexey Navalny (@navalny): For shaping the new world of government transparency.

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.

Ron Paul (@RepRonPaul, @RonPaul): For being the most influential — if not electable — figure in the Republican presidential contest.

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.

Joichi Ito (@Joi), Ethan Zuckerman (@EthanZ): For navigating the future of global media.

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.

Jared Cohen (@JaredCohen), Alec Ross (@AlecJRoss): For trying to drag diplomacy into the 21st century.

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.

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