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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

For Bernie Sanders and Marco Rubio, the Iowa Caucus Is Do or Die

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2016 | 7:08 PM

After what already feels like a very long campaign, the presidential candidates will face their first real test Monday as Democrats and Republicans will caucus in Iowa. The Iowa Caucus will not produce a nominee-on the Democratic side it won't even winnow the field, because if Martin O'Malley has stuck...

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Is Hillary Clinton's Campaign 12 Years Too Late

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 1:21 PM

By waiting until 2016, Ms. Clinton may have let her moment pass her by. That moment, with the advantage of hindsight, was most likely 2004, when her husband's presidency was recent enough that it was defined more by the strong economy of the 1990s, not by the seeds of the...

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Is Ted Cruz the Next Barry Goldwater

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 1:22 PM

The most memorable political party convention in modern history remains the 1968 Democratic Convention, made famous by images of police brutality on the streets of Chicago, television closeups of Chicago Mayor Richard Daley hurling epithets at U.S. Senator Abraham Ribocoff, chants of "the whole world is...

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Why the GOP Establishment Is Complicit in the Rise of Trump and Cruz

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2016 | 12:41 PM

The Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire primary are only a few weeks away; and it is likely that Ted Cruz and Donald Trump will win those first two primary states. This is not altogether surprising, and will not guarantee either of those candidates the nomination, but it will make the...

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Dems and GOP Go From Different Breeds to Different Species

(15) Comments | Posted December 25, 2015 | 10:26 AM

The long 2016 presidential campaign, in which ten agonizing months still remain, has in many respects felt like two parallel campaigns-one Democratic and one Republican-that are occurring in two different countries. This is the case in part because at this point in the election cycle, with the possible exception of...

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Maybe We Are Actually Winning the War on Terror

(1) Comments | Posted December 16, 2015 | 3:06 PM

It seems like every time we look up, there is another incident of domestic terrorism, and specifically, to use the language that President Obama has been perplexingly wary of using, radical Islamist terrorism. From the Boston Marathon Bombing in 2013, to the more recent shooting in San Bernardino, the "lone...

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Even After Terrorists Get Legal Guns, the NRA Remains Bulletproof

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2015 | 12:23 PM

The recent murderous rampages in Colorado Springs, Colorado on November 27th and in San Bernardino, California on December 2nd, are, tragically, part of a string of mass shootings throughout the U.S., that are now so commonplace that American schools regularly hold lockdown drills. Politicians across the political spectrum are so...

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Can Marco Rubio Out-Hawk Hillary Clinton?

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2015 | 2:21 PM

The terrorist attack in Paris, and the increasingly deadly and complicated conflict in Syria (made even more complex by the recent shooting down of a Russian plane by the Turkish military after that plane flew into Turkish airspace) has led many observers to note that Republican primary voters are now...

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Republicans Would Not Elect Ronald Reagan Today

(20) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 11:30 AM

The most interesting question asked so far in the four Republican debates did not come from any of the moderators. Rather, it was posed by Rand Paul during the fourth debate following an explanation by Marco Rubio of his policies regarding tax credits and military spending. Mr. Paul asked the...

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Tragedy in Paris, but Myopia in America

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 11:52 AM

The horrific attack by ISIS in Paris on Friday, November 13th means that 2015 will end similarly to how it began -- with the barbaric killings of Parisians at the hands of Jihadists terrorists. 2015 has been a very difficult year for Paris and for France in general, and the...

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A Film to Help Baseball Fans Through the Winter

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2015 | 4:20 PM

One of the most famous moments in baseball history occurred in game one of the 1954 World Series when New York Giants centerfielder Willie Mays made a spectacular catch, followed by an equally extraordinary throw, of a long fly ball off the bat of Cleveland Indians slugger Vic...

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Jeb Is Doing So Poorly That He Lowered Expectations and Can Rebound

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2015 | 12:23 PM

For much of the early months of the presidential campaign, it was almost impossible to discuss politics with a group of more than three Democrats before somebody intimated their "theory" that Hillary Clinton would drop out due to some scandal, poor poll numbers or other mishap to give way to...

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Bernie-ing Out: Has Hillary Extinguished Her Primary Opponent?

(6) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 9:00 PM

In the last few weeks Hillary Clinton has seen her campaign buoyed by a very strong debate performance and a Benghazi committee hearing where she clearly got the better of her political tormentors. She quickly reaped the benefits of those political victories as two minor candidates, James Webb and Lincoln...

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Will the Mets Finally Drop the Lovable Loser Narrative?

(9) Comments | Posted October 23, 2015 | 3:50 PM

The New York Mets, buoyed by an extraordinary quartet of young starting pitchers, are back in the World Series. This Mets team, in addition to their starting pitching, has a strong bullpen, balanced offense and a very good manager. The Mets may or may not go on to beat the...

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American Jews Face a Political Paradox

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2015 | 7:58 PM

As we approach the 2016 election it is hard not to get a sense that one party, the Republicans, love Israel, but are not so crazy about Jews, while the other likes Jews, but is not so crazy about Israel. This is a generalization, but one grounded in enough reality...

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Speaker of the House: The Plum Job No Sane Politician Wants

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2015 | 12:07 PM

John Boehner's decision to step down as Speaker of the House has set off a fierce battle that underscores the systemic problems facing today's Republican Party. The same dynamic that eventually led Mr. Boehner to leave the position amidst a great deal of frustration has, at least in part, contributed...

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Death Match: Biden v. Hillary is a Dream Come True for the GOP

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 12:58 PM

If you were a Republican operative charged with devising ways to weaken Hillary Clinton and the Democrats' chances of winning in November of 2016, the first thing you might think of is a forming a congressional committee to turn a tragic event into a scandal that could be linked to...

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No Candidate Is Electable. But One Will Win Anyway

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 9:40 AM

At the moment both the Democratic and Republican primaries are being fiercely contested by candidates for whom a general election victory either defies the imagination of many -- Carly Fiorina, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee, and to a lesser extent Bernie Sanders, or by establishment candidates who have proven...

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It's Over: Farewell Yogi Berra

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 4:29 PM

A few years ago on Yogi Berra's birthday, I tweeted out a birthday greeting with a link to a YouTube video of his career highlights. A British Twitter follower responded to my tweet by telling me he had not been aware that Mr. Berra was in fact a real person....

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Is Bernie Sanders Really Unelectable?

(71) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 9:30 AM

If Bernie Sanders continues to improve his poll numbers and becomes a genuine threat to Hillary Clinton's nomination, undecided Democrats will increasingly hear from Clinton supporters that Mr. Sanders is not electable. Frequently, the electability argument is simply a normal campaign tactic, but it occasionally takes on ugly undertones. In...

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