The seven people to follow on Twitter for Egypt news and analysis

July 3, 2013

Tahrir Square (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

The news out of Egypt this week can be overwhelming, particularly if you haven't been following events in the country closely since the initial February 2011 revolution. But it's also important, fascinating and often quite dramatic.

To help you keep up, here are seven Twitter feeds we recommend for keeping up with Egypt's twists and turns. There are countless more great ones, and following these will quickly lead you to them. To my Egypt-based friends not included on this list: you are tied for eighth.

(1) Evan Hill, Cairo-based journalist

It's never been clear to me how he finds time to pause, seemingly from within the street clashes he always seems stuck in, to tweet insightful big-picture analysis of what's happening in Egypt. But Hill, previously a reporter with Al Jazeera English and the Guardian, will give you a view of Cairo from the streets and from 10,000 feet.

(2) Abigail Hauslohner, Washington Post correspondent

The Post's own sends frequent dispatches from her reporting, particularly in the midst of a crisis like this week's, passing along crucial tidbits before the big story comes out.

(3) Blake Hounshell, Politico editor

Since leaving Cairo for Washington, the former Foreign Policy editor now at Politico has become an invaluable voice in parsing and evaluating the ever-troubled but deeply important relationship between the United States and Egypt, as well as how its being handled on both ends. Expect lots of tweets on other foreign policy topics.

(4) Lauren Bohn, reporter and Fulbrighter

As a journalist who has dedicated much of her energy in Egypt to seeking out not just the Muslim Brotherhood but its far more conservative cousins, the Salafists, Bohn has a rare level of insight into the country's all-important Islamist movement. Also tweets often on food.

(5) Tom Gara, Wall Street Journal reporter and Cairene-at-heart

Though now in New York, Gara's love of Egypt – and the exasperation that goes with any great love – is ever apparent. So is his deep understanding of the city at the heart of the Arab world, not to mention his terrific, and very Egyptian, sense of humor.

(6) Steven A. Cook, Council on Foreign Relations

The Egypt scholar (he also focused on Turkey) has earned the kind of credibility, not just with America's Egypt hands but with many Egyptians, that he can get away speaking truths that others might shy away from. He knows the country's activists and their mission well, but is ever objective.

(7) Michael Hanna, the Century Foundation

Think tankers often tend to be measured in their analysis, playing it safe with modest conventional wisdom, but Hanna manages to be frequently insightful and never boring -- without sacrificing credibility. He's a great follow for navigating the noise of Egyptian politics.

Update: What about the Egyptians? Some people have pointed out with good reason that, other than Hanna, there are no Egyptians on the list. The Egyptian twitterverse is a wonderful, lively and informative place, but it can also be a bit insular and Egypt-focused in a way that might make it less accessible for those not already well versed in Egypt's culture and politics. But those complaining about the absence of more Egyptians from the list have a point, so here is a very short list of names drawn from the much larger universe of Egyptian Twitter users whom you should follow if you want to better understand what's happening there and why it matters.

(8) Bassem Sabry, writer and media consultant

A thoughtful analyst who deeply understands the opposition's thinking without being partisan himself, he's also frequently funny.

(9) Hossam Bahgat, human rights activist

A veteran of Egyptian activism since well before February 2011, Bahgat is a keen and sober observer of the country's struggle to improve rights for its citizens. Tweets often in Arabic but, if you can't read them, the English tweets are worth the wait.

(10) Dalia Mogahed, consultant and analyst

Mogahed is best known for her work at Gallup's religious values center, where she helped a lot of people – including her followers – understand the role of religion in the world and, often, in Egypt particularly.

(11) Ayman Mohyeldin, TV journalist

You already know him: if not from his career-making reporting from Cairo for Al Jazeera English during the February 2011 revolution, then from his subsequent work for NBC News. Hard-working and passionate about Egypt, his reputation is well-earned.

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