From popes to presidents to pundits, the world's
most important conversations increasingly happen 140 characters at a time.
Here's FP's annual list of the 100 people you should be following to make sense
of global events.
Follow FP's full
Twitterati 100 here.
Carl Bildt (@carlbildt): Swedish foreign minister and one of the most candid
Bill Clinton (@billclinton): 42nd U.S. president,
Clinton Foundation founder, and Mick Jagger's BFF.
Clinton (@hillaryclinton): The former
U.S. secretary of state and human
meme-generator doesn't tweet at the same rate these days, but you'll want
to keep an eye on this feed as 2016 looms.
(@Pontifex): This feed, available
in multiple languages, including Latin,
is not only the best way to keep tabs on the unpredictable pontiff's travels
and activities. Following it can now actually get
you into heaven.
John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain): Leader of the loyal opposition.
Michael McFaul (@McFaul): Barack Obama's ambassador to Russia, live and occasionally uncensored.
Power (@ambassadorpower): The new
U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is also new to Twitter, having just
started an account on Aug. 5. But like her predecessor Susan Rice, she seems remarkably
candid and open for a diplomat.
Chris Adams (@chrisadamsmkts): Markets editor at the Financial Times.
Tyler Cowen (@tylercowen): Professor of economics at George Mason University, author,
ethnic-food expert, and pioneering econoblogger.
Megan Greene (@economistmeg): Frighteningly prescient chief economist at Maverick
Intelligence, with a focus on the eurozone crisis.
Zero Hedge (@zerohedge): Shadowy and often hysterical, but always essential
group feed on financial markets.
Milanovic (@BrankoMilan): Expert on global
inequality, soccer superfan.
Oster (@ProfEmilyOster): University of Chicago economist and must-follow
for social science geeks.
Nouriel Roubini (@Nouriel): New York University professor of economics and international business;
prophet of doom.
Felix Salmon (@FelixSalmon): Eclectic finance blogger for Reuters.
Joseph Weisenthal (@TheStalwart): Hyperactive executive editor at Business Insider.
Ioffe (@juliaioffe): The New Republic senior editor may have left
Moscow behind, but she still weighs in on events in the Motherland from
Edward Lucas (@edwardlucas): International editor for the Economist, with
a focus on Eastern Europe.
J. Clive Matthews (@Nosemonkey): Managing editor at MSN International, but tweets mainly
about the European Union.
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 financial crisis.
Shaun Walker (@shaunwalker7): Moscow correspondent for the Independent.
Issandr El Amrani (@arabist): Writer and analyst based in Cairo.
Pharaoh (@TheBigPharaoh): This
pseudonymous Egyptian blogger has been a must-read on his country's tumultuous
politics since 2004.
British-Egyptian reporter and blogger. Her avatars are a rotating rogues'
gallery of her least-favorite Egyptian political figures.
Golnaz Esfandiari (@GEsfandiari): Iran reporter and blogger for Radio Free
Europe/Radio Liberty, based in Washington, D.C.
Gharib (@Ali_Gharib): Brooklyn-based
Middle East blogger and frequent Daily
Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg): Washington-based correspondent for the Atlantic;
official therapist of the U.S.-Israel relationship.
Gorani (@halagorani): CNN
International anchor and longtime Mideast correspondent.
Eliot Higgins (@Brown_Moses): The Britain-based
blogger known as Brown Moses has made himself into an authority on Syrian weapons, with his work
cited by everyone from Amnesty International to the New York Times.
Hussein Ibish (@ibishblog): Blogger and senior research fellow for the American Task Force on
Karon (@TonyKaron): Time's
veteran, supersarcastic foreign affairs editor was recently hired by Al Jazeera America.
Robin Mills (@robinenergy): Dubai-based energy consultant and columnist.
Moussa (@jenanmoussa): Correspondent
for the Al Aan satellite network;
providing relentless coverage on Syria.
Eman Al Nafjan (@Saudiwoman): Saudi Arabia's most prominent female blogger.
Ahmed Al Omran (@ahmed): The original Saudi blogger; now running Riyadh Bureau from Saudi Arabia.
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
Mahmoud Salem (@Sandmonkey): Foul-mouthed Egyptian revolutionary blogger and son of a former ruling-party parliamentarian; based in
Setrakian (@lara): Roving
correspondent and founder of the single-topic news site Syria Deeply.
Liz Sly (@LizSly): Beirut-based correspondent for the Washington Post. Essential on Syria.
Mahir Zeynalov (@MahirZeynalov): Istanbul-based journalist for Today's Zaman.
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.
Calestous Juma (@calestous): Kenyan-born professor at the Harvard Kennedy School and
authority on science and technology in Africa.
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.
Binyavanga Wainaina (@BinyavangaW): Kenyan author and director of the Chinua Achebe Center for African Writers
and Artists at Bard College.
Mariano Castillo (@marianoCNN): CNN's Latin America news desk editor. A good all-purpose feed.
Damien Cave (@damiencave): New York Times correspondent in Mexico.
Romero (@viaSimonRomero): New York Times bureau chief in
Carol Rosenberg (@carolrosenberg): The Miami Herald's indefatigable Gitmo
Bill Bishop (@niubi): Beijing-based blogger and all-around China
watcher; author of the Sinocism China Newsletter.
Cathcart (@adamcathcart): Get your news, views, rumors, and weirdness on North Korea here.
Gady Epstein (@gadyepstein): Wickedly funny Beijing correspondent for the Economist;
formerly with Forbes.
Kendzior (@sarahkendzior): Often
combative but always insightful Central Asia expert and media critic.
Jean Lee (@newsjean): The Associated Press's Korea bureau chief and the only journalist to tweet
(semi-)regularly from Pyongyang.
Hiroko Tabuchi (@HirokoTabuchi): Tokyo correspondent for the New York Times,
tweeting on everything from high-tech to high art.
Edward Wong (@comradewong): China correspondent for the New York Times.
Sadanand Dhume (@dhume): South Asia analyst at the American Enterprise
C. Christine Fair (@CChristineFair): Georgetown University assistant professor, dog lover,
and sharp-tongued South Asia expert.
Arif Rafiq (@ArifCRafiq): Pakistani-American analyst and consultant based in
Declan Walsh (@declanwalsh): New York Times reporter who was recently expelled from his post in Pakistan; his
location, "Islamabad, ideally."
J.M. Berger (@intelwire): A high-volume, high-energy feed focused primarily on
counterterrorism, from a Boston-based journalist.
Presidential historian and exemplary history tweeter.
Michael Clemens (@m_clem): Wide-ranging scholar at the Center for
Gomez (@AllThingsHLS): Former FBI agent and emerging must-follow on homeland security issues.
Andrew Exum (@abumuqawama): Former Army Ranger, blogger, and
counterinsurgency guru at the Center for a New American Security.
Greenwald (@ggreenwald): Love him or hate him, after he made PRISM a household name this year, you
can't afford to ignore him.
Will McCants (@will_mccants): Former counterterrorism analyst at the State
Department; now an expert at CNA.
Pletka (@dpletka): Anyone interested in the future of Republican foreign policy should be
following this Senate staffer turned American Enterprise
Salopek (@paulsalopek): Veteran journalist on a project to trace the history of human migration from
Ethiopia to South America on foot. Currently somewhere in Saudi Arabia.
M. Simpson (@charlie_simpson): Big issues meet big data with a side of Broadway.
Anne-Marie Slaughter (@SlaughterAM): Professor at Princeton University and former head of policy planning at the State Department.
Wheeler (@emptywheel): Michigan-based blogger and leading online critic of the national security
Asher Wolf (@Asher_Wolf): Tart-tongued
Aussie information activist.
Wolfe (@Wolfe321): Director of the
Women Under Siege project and authority on gender and conflict.
Mark Leon Goldberg (@MarkLGoldberg): Blogger for the United Nations Foundation's UN
Dispatch, which covers the inner workings of
Turtle Bay and Foggy Bottom.
Matthew Lee (@innercitypress): Eccentric but comprehensive U.N. coverage.
MacKinnon (@rmack): Authority on the Internet and democracy with a special interest in China.
Morozov (@evgenymorozov): Silicon Valley
naysayer and chief scourge of "solutionism."
Soghoian (@csoghoian): The American Civil Liberties Union's resident tech guru and reggae fanatic.
(@EthanZ): Author, blogger,
academic, and inventor of the cute-cat theory of digital activism.
Spencer Ackerman (@attackerman): National security editor for the Guardian's U.S. edition; tweets on everything
from the National Security Agency leaks to punk rock to the New York Yankees.
Brennan (@margbrennan): CBS correspondent following the
(@emilycadei): Foreign-policy reporter for CQ Roll Call; useful source for goings-on on Capitol Hill.
(@RosieGray): Reporter for BuzzFeed, exposer of foreign
government lobbying shenanigans.
Rogin (@joshrogin): Former FP Cable guy now plying his
trade at the Daily Beast.
Rozen (@lrozen): Veteran journalist
reporting on Washington for the Middle East-focused news outlet Al-Monitor.
Hayes Brown (@HayesBrown): High-volume feed from ThinkProgress's resident national security blogger.
Elder (@MiriamElder): Former Moscow
correspondent turned foreign editor of BuzzFeed.
Farrow (@MiaFarrow): Not just another
celebrity do-gooder, the Rosemary's Baby star
dives headlong into debates on development and national security. Sadly didn't
actually watch Sharknado
with Philip Roth.
Fisher (@Max_Fisher): Insightful and
scary-fast Washington Post
foreign affairs blogger.
Grann (@DavidGrann): One of the
world's best magazine feature writers also has a charmingly eclectic Twitter
Hounshell (@blakehounshell): Former FP
managing editor, now deputy editor of Politico
magazine; still tweeting valuable insights on world news at a superhuman rate.
Anup Kaphle (@AnupKaphle): Digital foreign editor at the Washington
Post aggressively tweeting on world news and national security.
Khazan (@olgakhazan): Global editor
for the Atlantic with a particular
interest in Russia.
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.
Ben Smith (@BuzzFeedBen): Lightning-fast editor of BuzzFeed; ringleader of the American political Twittersphere.
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Adams (@Gadams1941): American University professor and FP columnist.
Altman (@altmandaniel): FP economics columnist.
P.J. Aroon (@pjaroonFP): Copy chief, comma enforcer.
Bosco (@multilateralist): American University professor and Multilateralist
Bremmer (@ianbremmer): President of Eurasia Group and The
Brooks (@brooks_rosa): New America Foundation fellow and FP columnist.
Caryl (@ccaryl): Columnist and editor of Democracy Lab.
Dreazen (@yochidreazen): Senior writer for international affairs.
Drezner (@dandrezner): Tufts University professor and FP blogger; zombie expert.
Frankel (@becksfrankel): Special projects editor, war-dog author.
Friedman (@UriLF): Deputy managing editor, Passport
Groll (@EliasGroll): Assistant editor, blogger, resident Swede.
Harris (@shanewharris): Senior writer focusing on national security.
Hudson (@John_Hudson): Staff writer, Cable blogger.
Kenner (@DavidKenner): Cairo-based Middle East editor.
Kenny (@charlesjkenny): FP contributing editor and fellow at the Center for Global Development;
Larson (@larsonchristina): China-based contributing editor.
Lubold (@glubold): National security reporter and Situation
Lynch (@columlynch): U.N. reporter for the Washington Post and FP.
Lynch (@abuaardvark): George Washington University professor and Middle East Channel editor.
McCormick (@TyMccormick): Associate editor.
David Miller (@aarondmiller2): Former diplomat and FP columnist.
Paliwal (@nehapl): Assistant Editor at Democracy Lab.
Pauker (@benpauker): Managing editor.
Prestowitz (@clydeprestowitz): Economic Strategy Institute president and FP blogger.
(@ReedFP): Killer Apps blogger.
Rothkopf (@djrothkopf): FP Group CEO and editor at large; weekly columnist.
Scoblic (@PeterScoblic): Executive editor for analysis and commentary.
Shachtman (@NoahShachtman): Executive editor for news.
Slattery (@margyslattery): Assistant managing editor.
Stone Fish (@isaacstonefish): Associate editor focusing on China.
Dana Stuster (@JDanaStuster): Assistant editor
with a special interest in Yemen.
Traub (@JamesTraub1): Author and FP columnist.
(@StephenWalt): Harvard University international relations professor and FP blogger.
P.Q. Wittmeyer (@APQW): Assistant editor, exiled Californian.
Zenko (@MicahZenko): Council on Foreign Relations fellow and FP columnist.
FP Group (@TheFPGroup)
FP National Security (@FPNatSec)
Are we missing one of your favorite follows? Let us know in the comments, on Facebook, or on Twitter (@ForeignPolicy) which tweeps deserve to be in the Twitterati 100.
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