The field of foreign policy may be dominated by men—but there are some notable exceptions to the rule. We went on a hunt to bring you twelve exceptional female bloggers and tweeters who will inspire you to learn about the world and follow your foreign policy aspirations.
Christina Larson, based in Beijing, China, is a contributing editor at Foreign Policy magazine. An award-winning magazine editor, she has reported widely on China, the environment, climate change, and civil society, and now has a blog that covers “under-the-radar insights from around the world.”
Rebecca Frankel is the deputy managing editor of ForeignPolicy.com and writes a popular weekly war-dog feature for The Best Defense. It’s no easy task to write about foreign policy and be hilarious while doing it—but Rebecca Frankel pulls it off with flying colors.
Bianca Jagger is the Council of Europe’s Goodwill Ambassador, Founder and Chair of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, Member of the Executive Director’s Leadership Council of Amnesty International USA, and a Trustee of the Amazon Charitable Trust. Her knowledge of both interational and domestic affairs is both expansive and impressive, from her support of Occupy Wall Street to her discussions of climate issues.
C. Christine Fair's commentary focuses political and military affairs in South Asia. An assistant professor of South Asian political and military affairs at Georgetown University, she also frequently comments on CBS, BBC, Al Jazeera, CNN, Fox, Reuters, and NPR and has an extensive collection of incisive writing. In her own words, “She can cause trouble in many languages.”
Aida Alami is a freelance journalist based in Casablanca. She’s passionate about human rights coverage and has been published in Foreign Policy, USA Today, The Huffington Post, and Bloomberg, among others. And having grown up in Morocco, she speaks French, Arabic, and English.
Maryam Alkhwaja is a human rights activist in Bahrain who frequently sheds light on Bahrain’s issues and current events via Twitter. As head of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), her mission is “to encourage and support individuals and groups to be proactive in the protection of their own and others’ rights; and to struggle to promote democracy and human rights in accordance with international norms.”
Dambisa Moyo is a London-based economist, NY Times bestselling author, and was named by TIME as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2009. She's also a frequent contributor to The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Economist—to say the least, she can talk finance, economics, and markets with the best of them.
Eman Al Nafjan is a blogger and activist for women in Saudi Arabia. She is based in Riyadh, and writes regularly on gender and activism in Saudi Arabia. Her blog is courageous, honest, and modern—a great example for women everywhere.
Laura Rozen is a senior foreign policy reporter for Yahoo News. She has blogged on Foreign Policy’s site as well as Politico, and she's a celebrated journalist in Washington, DC. Her extensive writing spans the spectrum from the peace process in the Middle East to U.S. military regulations.
Kim Ghattas is the BBC’s State Department correspondent. She reports on American foreign policy and has interviewed several important heads of state. Currently, she’s traveling the world with Hillary Clinton, reporting on foreign policy on the move.
Born in Seattle and raised in Paris, France, Hala Gorani is a reporter and anchor for CNN international. In 2009, she presented “The Middle East Challenge’’, an hour-long program exploring the problems faced by that region. One of CNN’s most experienced international journalists, Gorani has reported from every country in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian territories. She helped CNN win an Edward R. Murrow award for it’s coverage of the Israel-Hezbollah conflict in 2006.
Dafna Linzer is a senior reporter at ProPublica. She has covered national security at The Washington Post, was a foreign correspondant for the AP, and is now based in New York. She won the Overseas Press Club award for General Excellence for her reporting on Guantánamo and detention during the Obama Presidency.
Which other female foreign policy experts do you follow? Share with us in the comments!