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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

Will the Giants Improve Their Bench?

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 3:40 PM

After a charmed first half of the season, the San Francisco Giants stumbled badly from roughly June 9 until the All Star Break. They have played reasonably well since the All Star Break, winning three of four and are now back in first place in the NL West. However, the...

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Six Californias: Conservative Plan, Techie Self-Indulgence or Both?

(12) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 12:01 PM

In November of 2016, voters in California will vote on whether or not to divide the state into six different states. If the Six Californias, as this proposal is being called, initiative passes, nothing will happen right away. Creating new states requires action by Congress and cannot simply be done...

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The World Cup and Baseball

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 1:46 PM

The World Cup is an important global event in which the US usually plays a very peripheral role. That was certainly the case this year as the US made it out of their group but lost in the Round of 16. The World Cup inevitably draws contrasts between soccer's global...

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How the Republicans Could -- But Won't -- Beat Hillary Clinton in 2016

(69) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 2:42 PM

Hillary Clinton's increasingly likely candidacy for president in 2016 must be extremely frustrating for Republican strategists. Clinton is a strong candidate, but she is not invincible. If Clinton runs, she will face nominal opposition within her own party, but obviously a Republican will run against her. The most recent polls...

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Billy Beane and the New Moneyball

(2) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 12:06 PM

The term "Moneyball" is used to represent a number of different things in baseball. Critics use it as shorthand for an overly statistical analysis of the game that overlooks the human side of baseball. For others, "Moneyball" refers more generally to statistically sophisticated approaches to understanding baseball. The term is...

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How Hobby Lobby Undermines All Americans' Freedom

(774) Comments | Posted July 6, 2014 | 5:54 PM

The Supreme Court's recent decision in the Hobby Lobby case demonstrates that the court, at least the five justices who voted in favor of Hobby Lobby, has little concern for, and probably little understanding of, women's health care. By ruling that corporations, on the grounds of the alleged religious views...

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How the Giants Collapsed

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2014 | 5:15 PM

On June 8th, the San Francisco Giants were 42-21 and in first game by 9.5 games. They appeared to be running away with the National League west leaving, among others, a highly touted and very expensive Dodger team far behind. Since that time they have won only six games while...

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The American People and American Interventions

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 11:55 AM

The increased violence in Iraq in recent weeks has led many US foreign policy makers to call for a renewed American presence there. The sheer chutzpah of the architects of the second Iraq War, who took the US into a war of choice based on what charitably could be called...

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Can the Giants Move Timmy?

(9) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 12:47 PM

Over the last five years, no team in baseball has been more successful than the San Francisco Giants, who have won two World Series. The Giants have done it in a strange way, winning the World Series in 2010 and 2012 while missing the playoffs entirely in 2011 and 2013....

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Blankets, Guns and Plumbers

(21) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 10:39 AM

If this photograph does not make you think there is something deeply wrong with the US, than nothing will. Those children are not playing a game or goofing around at nap time. They are practicing for what happens should an angry and heavily armed man, and it is...

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Don Zimmer and Baseball Lifers

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 10:00 AM

Baseball lost a bit of its history last week when Don Zimmer died. Zimmer was the starting second baseman the day the Dodgers won their only championship in Brooklyn. Twenty-three years later, he spent Rosh Hashanah managing the Boston Red Sox to their most famous defeat ever as Bucky Dent's...

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Dee Gordon, Billy Hamilton and Angel Pagan

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 1:21 PM

The two most exciting leadoff hitters in the National League this year have been Dee Gordon of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Billy Hamilton of the Cincinnati Reds. Both are young players with extraordinary speed who are racking up impressive stolen base numbers. Gordon has stolen 35 bases in 39...

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The Bergdahl Beard and the Longest American War Ever

(24) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 5:49 PM

Did the Obama administration make a grievous mistake in swapping prisoners for the release of US solider Bowe Bergdahl? Yes, no, maybe, I don't know, who really cares? All of these answers are, in one respect or another true. The Bergdahl controversy is almost a caricature of American political discourse...

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Time for Tedious All-Star Game Debates Again

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 10:09 AM

Baseball is a game of debates and arguments on and off the field. It starts when players are kids arguing about who gets to bat first or pitch, whether a runner in a pickup game is safe or out and whose favorite player is best. These debates are a constant...

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Let the Republicans Talk About Clinton's Age and Health

(7) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 8:50 AM

Karl Rove's latest attempt to make Hillary Clinton's health and age an issue in her campaign, or non-campaign, for president was buffoonish and embarrassing for Rove, but it was also probably not very effective. Although voters have a right to know these things about a candidate who would be 69...

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The Logic and Illogic of Climate Change Denial

(511) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 9:34 AM

The news that a large ice shelf in Antarctica has begun to collapse may not be as important as Karl Rove's opinion of Hillary Clinton's glasses, or Timothy Geithner's descriptions of the early years of Barack Obama's presidency, but it should still not be...

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Yankee Hypocrisy on Their Own History

(6) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 6:47 PM

No team in sports talks more about their history than the New York Yankees and that is why the decision to honor Tino Martinez and Paul O'Neill with plaques in Yankee Stadium is so puzzling. Honoring Martinez and O'Neill is an affront to Yankee history for two reasons. First, the...

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The Importance of Raising the Minimum Wage

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 11:15 AM

The debate over whether or not to raise the minimum wage is an interesting one, but it shouldn't be. Anybody who has walked into a supermarket, sought to rent an apartment or made a few occasional co-pays at a doctor's office knows that it is not possible to live on...

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Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 10:38 AM

A few weeks ago, Albert Pujols hit his 499th and 500th home runs in one game, but there was little attention paid to this milestone in the national media as players reaching 500 home runs is no longer the exciting story it once was. Pujols is the 26th player to...

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Is America Ready for Another Bush-Clinton Campaign?

(40) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 12:20 PM

With the 2016 presidential election only -- yes, only -- 30 months away, the possibility of a Clinton-Bush contest is something that is looking increasingly likely. That contest would pit the country's two most famous political families against each other for the first time since 1992. Jeb Bush would be...

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