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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

No Candidate Is Electable. But One Will Win Anyway

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 8:40 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 | 3:29 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?

(72) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 8:30 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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For the Clintons It is Always 1992

(1) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 11:49 AM

Hillary Clinton is still the favorite to win the Democratic nomination for President in 2016, but her path to the nomination seems to become more difficult every day. Even if she wins the nomination, it may not be the easy walk that many, including me, predicted six months...

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As North Beach Goes, So Could Go New York

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2015 | 9:38 AM

Caffe Trieste is an institution in North Beach with deep ties to San Francisco's literary and counterculture. When Aaron Peskin, the once, and perhaps future, supervisor from that district proposed meeting there and then proceeded to give me directions, I laughed and told him that I may have moved away...

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Why the Black Lives Matter Campaign Matters to Bernie Sanders

(1) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 10:07 AM

Bernie Sanders is unlikely to be the Democratic nominee, but he is having an impact on the primary race in several ways. First, he has helped focus the Democratic discourse on economic questions. Hillary Clinton, who remains by a very large margin the Democratic frontrunner, has kept economic questions at...

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Pete Rose, The St. Louis Cardinals and the Need for Consistent MLB Ethics Policies

(27) Comments | Posted June 28, 2015 | 9:57 AM

The newest revelations about Pete Rose betting on baseball, something that had long been suspected is a sad coda to a sad story about one of baseball's all time greats. Rose's efforts to finally make it to the Hall of Fame had been getting some traction...

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The Tbilisi Flood Brings a Wave of Volunteers

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 12:33 AM

Tbilisi, Georgia -- The recent flood in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, drew international attention mostly because the flood destroyed the Tbilisi Zoo. Images of a hippopotamus looking dazed after being tranquilized in the middle of a big city, frightened bears seeking safety or dead animals have been...

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Why Activists Ignore Crimes Against the Rohingya Minority in Myanmar

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 12:44 PM

The story is familiar. A Muslim population that holds little political power is being mistreated, denied their rights and pushed out of land where their families have lived for generations. This time it is happening in a remote corner of a distant country where few Westerners have traveled. The treatment...

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Draft Position and Tracking of Pitchers

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 12:01 PM

Baseball's amateur draft was completed this week. Much of the focus of the attention has, rightly, been on the first few players drafted like Dansby Swanson who was chosen first in the country by the Arizona Diamondbacks. The draft, however, lasts 40 rounds. The players chosen in the final rounds...

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The Brandons and the Giants' Farm System

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2015 | 9:28 AM

Following their extraordinary 2014 World Series Victory, the San Francisco Giants had a rough offseason. They lost two of their top power hitters, Pablo Sandoval and Michael Morse, to free agency, and early in spring training one of their remaining home run threats from 2014, Hunter Pence, broke his arm...

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The Georgian Invasion of Ukraine

(1) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 5:51 PM

In one of the stranger developments in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, Ukrainian President Petro Poroschenko recently appointed former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili as the governor of the Odessa region. Mr. Saakasvhili, who had served as his country's president between 2004 and 2013, had been spending his days since...

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Bryce Harper and the Future of Baseball

(1) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 9:01 AM

Bryce Harper has been the best hitter in baseball during the two months of the 2015 season. He currently leads the National League in home runs, walks, runs, total bases, slugging percentage, on-base percentage and OPS. Harper's extraordinary offensive output actually goes back to last year's NLDS when in 19...

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Jeb Bush 2016 Looks Like Hillary Clinton 2008

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 4:56 PM

In the month and half since Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy for President, it has become evident that she will not make the same mistakes as she did in 2008. Ms. Clinton begins this race as a much stronger frontrunner than eight years ago, but she has also been a...

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Alex Rodriguez in 2015

(4) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 1:01 PM

Alex Rodriguez's return from a one-year suspension has been one of the most intriguing stories of the 2015 baseball season. Rodriguez has assumed the role of full-time DH for the New York Yankees and has immediately become one of the best hitters on that team. His OPS+ of 152, 10...

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All Aboard! The Crowded Republican Field Gets Even More Crowded

(7) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 11:05 AM

It is likely that both U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will announce a run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination in the next few weeks. Mr. Graham has already set an impressive bar for announcement hubris, stating, "I'm running because the world...

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Why Is Rand Paul Wooing Liberal San Francisco

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 1:13 PM

Many years ago, legendary San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen described his city as "the only city in America that boos Willie Mays and cheers Khrushchev." Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is hoping San Francisco is about to buck that legacy. The logic behind Republican Presidential candidate Rand Paul's recent decision...

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Why Bernie Sanders' Long-Shot Run for the White House Helps Hillary

(6) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 10:16 AM

Bernie Sanders of Vermont is expected to announce his candidacy for president on Thursday. Senator Sanders is a smart, progressive man who has been the left wing conscience of Congress for a generation. He also has as much chance of becoming President as I do of replacing Joe Girardi as...

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Why Much of the Conventional Wisdom About 2016 Is Wrong

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 1:13 PM

Since Hillary Clinton formally announced her continued participation in the 2016 presidential race, the campaign has been brought into sharper focus. Ms. Clinton is now an official candidate and several Republicans including Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have announced their candidacy, while others such as Jeb Bush and...

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Would Clinton-Warren Be A Winning Ticket?

(101) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 1:11 PM

With the Democratic primary unlikely to be competitive, attention will soon turn to Hillary Clinton's choice of a running mate. At first glance, it would seem that she would benefit from a running mate that is at least a decade younger than her, probably male and perhaps Latino. Secretary of...

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