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Lincoln Mitchell has over a decade of experience working in political development. In addition to serving as Chief of Party for the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Georgia from 2002-2004, Lincoln has worked on democracy and governance related issues in the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Lincoln also was on the faculty of Columbia University's School of International Affairs from 2006-2013 and worked for years as a political consultant in New York City advising and managing domestic political campaigns.

Dr. Mitchell’s research includes work on US-Georgia relations, political development in the former Soviet Union, and the role of democracy promotion in American foreign policy. His first book, Uncertain Democracy: US Foreign Policy and Georgia’s Rose Revolution, was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2008. His second book, The Color Revolutions, also from the University of Pennsylvania Press was published in June of 2012. MItchell has written articles on these topics in The National Interest, Orbis, The Moscow Times, the Washington Quarterly, The American Interest, Survival, the Central Asian Survey, World Affairs Journal, The New York Daily News and Current History as well as for numerous online publications including the online sections of The Washington Post and The New York Times and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Eurasianet, and Transitions Online. Lincoln has been quoted extensively in most major American, Georgian and Russian newspapers and has appeared on numerous television and radio programs and podcasts including Fox and Friends, All Things Considered, Lou Dobbs, the Jim Lehrer Newshour, ABC Nightline, the Diane Rehm Show, Up and In: The Baseball Prospectus Podcast, The BBC as well as in Russian and Georgian television. Lincoln is also a frequent blogger on The Huffington Post where he writes primarily about domestic politics and baseball.

Lincoln earned his Ph.D from Columbia University’s department of political science in 1996.

Entries by Lincoln Mitchell

Much Ado About Nothing: Chuck Schumer's Rise Won't Salve The Senate

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2015 | 10:41 AM

Democratic Minority Leader Harry Reid's decision not to seek reelection in 2016 will mark the end of his impressive 30-year career in the Senate. Mr. Reid, one of the least charismatic politicians to rise to his post but who mastered the Senate arcane rules to his party's advantage, anointed Chuck...

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Why the Likud-GOP Alliance May Hurt Israel

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 12:37 PM

Last Saturday night, while having dinner at an Italian place on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx with my family, I mentioned my cousin in Israel. A few minutes later, the middle-aged Italian-American man sharing our table leaned over. "I wasn't eavesdropping," he said, "but I heard you mention Israel." Soon...

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A Warning From Chicago for Hillary Clinton and the Democrats

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 1:22 PM

The runoff election for mayor of Chicago between incumbent Rahm Emanuel and challenger Jesus "Chuy" Garcia is a reminder of why it is so important for Hillary Clinton to have no serious opponent in the Democratic Primary for president. Ms. Clinton and Mr. Emanuel are not exactly similar candidates, and...

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Whatever Happened to Rand Paul?

(8) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 8:08 AM

A year ago, Rand Paul was the most exciting Republican politician in the country. He was building a presidential campaign around his brand of libertarian Republican politics that, while not exactly making him a frontrunner for his party's presidential nomination in 2016, made him a credible candidate. Mr. Paul's belief...

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Why Do the Democrats Field a Weak Bench?

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 10:19 AM

In recent weeks, there has been substantial media attention paid to the Democrats' weak bench, meaning that other than Hillary Clinton there are few plausible presidential candidates in the party. A January 29th headline in the Weekly Standard read "The Democrats Bench is Shockingly Weak." In February, Tom Bevan of...

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The Clintons Revert to Form

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 11:49 AM

If a scandal happens to a non-candidate with no opponents does it impact her status as front-runner for her party's nomination? This is the question facing Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party right now. The most likely answer, at least in the short run, is no. This is also an...

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Hillary Clinton Needs a Reverse Sister Souljah Moment

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2015 | 11:26 AM

As the 2016 presidential primary season approaches, two narratives have begun to emerge around Hillary Clinton. One is that she is almost certain to her party's nomination for president.

In the the New York Times, Nate Cohn argues that Ms. Clinton is in a much stronger position...

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Farewell to Leonard Nimoy

(7) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 2:48 PM

Few fictional characters, particularly from television, have been as enduring in the public consciousness, memorable and profound as Spock, and few actors have both inhabited and created a character as fully and brilliantly as Leonard Nimoy did with Spock. Leonard Nimoy, who died today at 83 years old, played many...

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No Predicting This World Series

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 4:01 PM

The World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants features two teams that were pretty good in the regular season but have been played either excellent (the Giants) or almost flawless (the Royals) baseball during the postseason. The two teams, neither of whom managed to win...

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In Defense of This World Series

(37) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 11:58 AM

In recent days there have been a number of articles asserting that the 2014 postseason is either boring or not lucrative for MLB because of the absence of any teams with a national following, like the New York Yankees or the Boston Red Sox. Leaving aside...

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Does the Better Team Win in Baseball's Postseason?

(1) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 11:00 AM

Over the course of the 162 game baseball season of 2014, four teams won 94 or more games. Today as four teams remain in baseball's postseason tournament, only one of those teams is still playing. The Washington Nationals led the NL with 96 wins; the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim...

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Pedro Martinez Shows Solidarity With a Young Pitcher

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 5:12 PM

For baseball fans, the end of September and beginning of October are a fun time. Playoff baseball often consists of tense, high-stakes and exciting games featuring the baseball's best players. It is also a time of mind-numbing cliches, lazy analysis and in, much of the media, an understanding of baseball...

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Talk of Romney in 2016 Continues to Grow

(42) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 12:13 PM

In recent days and weeks there has been renewed speculation that Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee for president will again be a candidate in 2016. There has been some talk about this for months, but it has grown louder in recent days. Yesterday, The Washington Post described Mr. Romney's...

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Leonard Cohen at 80

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 2:35 PM

Anybody familiar with Leonard Cohen knows the haunting often depressing beauty of his lyrics. In his early years performing, Mr. Cohen's unrelenting grimness became something of a joke. The British media, for example, in the 1960s and 1970s frequently referred to him as "Laughing Len." Laughing Len turns 80 today;...

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Derek Jeter's Endless Farewell Tour

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 5:00 PM

Some great ballplayers are remembered so much for the narrative that emerges around them that it overshadows anything they did on the field. Barry Bonds, for example, is more known for steroid controversy than for being the best player of his generation even before he was suspected of steroid use....

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Is the Gender Gap Really About Race?

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 8:37 AM

As the 2014 midterm election approaches the gender gap -- or in less polite terms, the Republican war on women -- will likely draw a fair amount of media attention.

It's a good Democratic talking point and fits in well with how many view politics in the U.S. today. The...

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Landslide Andrew: What Cuomo's Miserable Margin Means for 2016

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 1:00 PM

Seeking to interpret a single primary election as a harbinger of future national political trends is something of a mug's game. Nonetheless, it is difficult to look at Andrew Cuomo's 62-percent-to-34-percent primary victory margin in yesterday's Democratic primary in New York State and not notice a few things that might...

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The Long Baseball Season

(1) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 11:02 AM

Major League Baseball released its schedule for 2015 this week. This is the kind of late-season event that is only of interest to the most intense fans. Not too many casual observers of the game are interested in knowing who their team will open against next April, whether their team...

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What Is at Stake in the Midterm Elections

(0) Comments | Posted September 6, 2014 | 5:35 PM

With the 2014 midterm elections less than two months away, it is difficult to open up a political website or listen to kibitzers on radio or cable television without hearing the latest horserace analysis. The question of whether the Republicans win control of the Senate or the Democrats hold on...

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Is Rand Paul Becoming Just Another Republican?

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 12:58 PM

For several years Rand Paul, the junior senator from Kentucky and the son of presidential candidate Ron Paul, has been one of the most interesting politicians in his party and in congress as a whole.

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