10 dynamic foreign policy tweeters
May 13th, 2011
12:13 PM ET

10 dynamic foreign policy tweeters

Editor’s Note: Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter is the former Director of Policy Planning at the U.S. Department of State. She is now a professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University. You can follow her on Twitter @slaughterAM, and watch her this Sunday at 10am on GPS on CNN. The following is an edited transcript of an interview with Dr. Slaughter.

Twitter is a tremendous source of foreign policy news. It’s my privately designed front page of multiple newspapers. I follow a combination of mainstream media, foreign policy experts in many different countries and lots of people on the ground – in the Middle East, in China and India.

Twitter provides this wonderful kaleidoscope of information, insight and the tangible sense of lived experience.  All of this can then be distilled into deeper and more lasting foreign policy views.

Here are ten people to follow on Twitter for a lively foreign policy conversation.

1. Elmira Bayrasli (@endeavoringE): Musings on entrepreneurship, development, Turkey, the Middle East and the Mets.

2. Andy Carvin (@acarvin): Senior strategist at NPR; online community organizer since 1994; former director of the Digital Divide Network; curates tweets on the Middle East.

3. Christine Fair (@cchristinefair): Assistant Professor at Georgetown University specializing in South Asian political and military affairs.

4. Leah Farrall (@allthingsct): Australian ex-counter-terrorism analyst; background in international relations.

5. Max Fisher (@max_fisher): International editor of TheAtlantic.com.

6. Blake Hounshell (@blakehounshell): Managing Editor of Foreign Policy magazine.

7. Amira Al Hussaini (@justamira): Global Voices Online Middle East and North Africa editor.

8. Mark Lynch (@abuaardvark): Director of the Institute for Middle East Studies and Associate Professor at George Washington University.

9. Katherine Tiedemann (@afpakchannel): Tweeting analysis of the news about all things AfPak from perch @newamerica and @FP_Magazine.

10. Diana Wueger (@dianawueger): Writing on the small arms trade and guns in general, with the occasional dip into the security/defense/military worlds.

I also follow Fareed Zakaria (@fareedzakaria)

Do you have suggestions for people to follow on twitter? If so, please highlight them on the comment thread below along with a brief description (140 words or less) of what they tweet about.

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  1. Imran Alam

    Imagine OBL stuck with 3 wives for 5 yrs in the compound went crazy-coco called the seals himself.

    May 13, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Reply
  2. Charles Harvey

    The Man That Can and never interview by anyone on CNN because I am middle class not asking for funding but well educateded but CNN only interview rich or well fined or well know or nuts like Trump The most money wins the president of US with CNN. Help.

    May 13, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Reply
  3. Melinda

    Many Council on Foreign Relations scholars are also active twitterers. Follow:

    @MaxBoot on national security issues
    @levi_m on climate change, energy and nuclear issues
    @gaylelemmon our women and foreign policy expert
    @dansenor on national security issues
    @JaredCohen on counter-radicalization, youth movements and technology
    @joelhirst on Latin America
    @stevenacook on Mideast issues
    @MicahZenko on conflict prevention
    @johncampbellcfr on Africa
    @robertdanin on Mideast issues
    @latintelligence (Shannon O'Neil) on Latin America
    @edwardalden on immigration and trade
    @JendayiFrazer on Africa

    If you're interested in following all of these experts, use this list: http://twitter.com/#!/CFR_org/cfr-experts-on-twitter-3

    May 13, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Reply
  4. amarcnn

    Thanks Melinda! Amar

    (Editor of the Global Public Square)

    May 13, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Reply
  5. German PPB

    @gppblog always happy to hold a lively foreign policy discussion

    May 13, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Reply
    • German PPB

      German former pol science student, now entrepreneur in China. Just started to blog.

      May 13, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Reply
  6. Scott Lucas

    @EANewsFeed (EA WorldView): Cutting-edge news and analysis from important areas in the world such as Iran, North Africa, the Middle East, Pakistan, and Afghanistan as well as critique of American foreign policy, all balancing a US-centred view of global affairs

    Featuring the longest-running LiveBlog on Iran -=- daily since 13 June 2009 - as well as the sharpest LiveBlog on Syria, Libya, & Beyond....

    May 13, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Reply
  7. Jillian C. York

    I'd say: @weddady (MidEast) @chrisalbon (a range of subjects, with emphasis on health) and @techsoc (technology/sociology) are must-follows.

    May 14, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Reply
  8. Carl

    pretty mid-east/south asia heavy, anything on east asia?

    May 15, 2011 at 10:41 am | Reply
  9. Rene Schlegel

    Interesting list and great comments matching some of my key interests.
    For local color indispensable: @globalvoices


    May 15, 2011 at 11:03 am | Reply
  10. Rosh

    @MahirZeynalov is good at real-time breaking news from Turkey, Arab Spring and the Middle East.

    August 15, 2011 at 6:48 am | Reply
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