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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

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?

(72) 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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For the Clintons It is Always 1992

(1) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 12:49 PM

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 | 10:38 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 | 11:07 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 | 10:57 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 | 1:33 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 | 1:44 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 | 1:01 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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