Update: This is only a year old–millennia in Internet years, I realize– but worth reposting for the Twitterati diplomats who failed to search back for suggestions on who to follow and can’t watch it all live. (Hint: Tracking Twitter feeds in class is acceptable, right?) Today’s NYT also recommends @SominiSengupta + @peterbakernyt
Keep up with UNGA on Twitter, shout-out to Colum Lynch:
There are a lot of terrific analysts on issues that matter at the U.N., including Middle East specialists like Hussein Ibish (@ibishblog) and Marc Lynch (@Abuaardvark). On the conservative side, there seem to be fewer voices, though Danielle Pletka (@Dpletka) is worth following. Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John D. Bolton is there (@AmbJohnBolton), but it seems like an assistant is basically posting links to his op-eds and appearances on Fox News.
@kenroth: Kenneth Roth, the executive director of Human Rights, is an obsessive tweeter, making him the dominant human rights voice on Twitter. And he’s not afraid to pick a fight with powerful players.
@BruceBrookings: Bruce Jones, director of the NYU Center on International Cooperation, this one-time advisor to Kofi Annan once revealed his disdain for Twitter on his Twitter bio. No more. He’s caught the bug. He is also married to the U.S. ambassador for economic and social affairs, Elizabeth Counsens, so he gets to go to all the receptions. Recent UNGA Tweet: “Today, Jury duty in Brooklyn; tonight, reception with POTUS at Waldorf. Both cool. Talk about 360 view of government. #humblebrag.”
@salman_shaikh1: A former U.N. political officer, Salman Shaikh is director of the Brookings Doha Center. He has become a prominent voice on U.N. diplomatic efforts in Syria on Twitter and beyond.
@J_Laurenti: Veteran U.N. watcher Jeffrey Laurenti, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation, tweets both about the U.N. and his beloved New Jersey — from the East River to the other side of the Hudson.
@Richard_gowan: Richard Gowan, the deputy director of New York University’s Center on International Cooperation has become one of my favorite academic voices on the U.N. Deeply informed on U.N. matters, he has a knack for discovering obscure. Good sense of humor.
@multilateralist: David Bosco, fellow Foreign Policy blogger, scholar and author of Five to Rule — the essential reading on the workings of the U.N. Security Council — tweets on all things multilateral.
@carneross: Former U.N.-based diplomat Carne Ross runs the non-profit advocacy group Independent Diplomat, which provides diplomatic advice to governments and political groups, including South Sudan, Polisario and Somaliland.
@RichardGrenell: Richard Grenell was the U.S. spokesman to the United Nations throughout the Bush administration, and briefly served as Mitt Romney’s national security spokesman. Expect highly partisan pro-Romney tweets. Essentially trolling the Twitterverse for stuff to bash Obama. Particular obsession with Susan Rice’s attendance record. A typical Grenell tweet: “Obama sends Susan Rice to defend his actions on Libya? The Ambassador who got 3 vetoes on Syria is hardly a good way to show strength.”