A who’s who of the foreign-policy Twitterverse in 2012.
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.BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images
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.ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/GettyImages
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.Oli Scarff/Getty Images
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.Oli Scarff/Getty Images
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.ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/GettyImages
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.TONY KARUMBA/AFP/GettyImages
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.YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/GettyImages
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.STRDEL/AFP/GettyImages
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.Sean Gallup/Getty Images
Lou Charbonneau (@lou_reuters) -- Reuters reporter at the United Nations.
Matthew Lee (@innercitypress) -- Eccentric but comprehensive U.N. coverage.SEBASTIEN FEVAL/AFP/GettyImages
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.EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/GettyImages
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.MARK RALSTON/AFP/GettyImages