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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

But What If Trump Loses

(311) Comments | Posted July 23, 2016 | 9:05 AM

Many Americans watched last week's Republican convention with horror and trepidation. Rudy Giuliani's quadrennial temper tantrum was even more animated than during previous conventions. Ben Carson gave a speech that married his own bizarre brand of evangelical Christianity with reasoning that one might expect on a child's playground to

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Turkey and Nice Should Give Americans Much-Needed Perspective

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2016 | 6:15 AM

Batumi, Georgia--Political stability is a precious political commodity, one that is often not fully appreciated until it has started disappearing. People who live in unstable countries are familiar with this idea. Authoritarian leaders often build popular support around the notion that they alone can provide stability. This assertion is rarely...

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Donald Trump Is The Republican Louis Farrakhan

(1) Comments | Posted July 11, 2016 | 11:52 AM

Since Donald Trump clinched the Republican nomination a few months ago, there has been a great deal of attention paid to which Republican leaders would support the nominee and which would not, due to concerns about their candidate's racism, lack of qualifications, tenuous understanding of democracy and other issues. This...

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After Brexit, No Second Act For Political Theatre

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2016 | 7:51 PM

Last week's British voters went to the poll and elected to leave the EU, prompting several explanations to try to explain the shocking outcome. Many of these explanations have focused on the stagnant economy for many there, while others have focused on nationalist and anti-immigrant sentiment in the UK that,...

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The Mess the GOP Establishment Made for Itself Keeps Getting Worse

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2016 | 10:49 AM

In the last few week or so, the vibe of the presidential campaign has changed. Although the most recent polls only show the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, with a modest lead nationwide, the components necessary for a resounding Republican defeat are beginning to take shape. Republican nominee Donald Trump has...

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Homophobia, Terrorism and Guns in Orlando

(1) Comments | Posted June 13, 2016 | 3:34 PM

The murderous attack at the Pulse Club in Orlando over the weekend is sickening for many reasons. The simple scale of it is, even by the standards of mass shootings in the U.S., simply flabbergasting. Fifty people were killed and at least that many were injured, making it the worst...

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Trump's Anti-NATO Stance and Praise for Putin May Haunt Him

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2016 | 8:23 PM

If you are in the U.S. keeping up with the outrageous, bizarre and controversial things Donald Trump has said since he announced his campaign for president can feel almost like a full-time job. But for people in Georgia, where I was last month, or Ukraine where I am this week,...

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The Primaries Aren't Rigged, But the Two-Party System Is

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2016 | 12:05 PM

For the last several months, two storylines about the presidential election have begun to emerge. The first is that both the Democratic and Republican Party are in crisis. This is a surprisingly common theme that we hear every election cycle as alleged outsider candidates, such as Jerry Brown, Ron Paul...

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Nativists Now Control the GOP

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2016 | 9:43 PM

The coalescence of the Republican leadership around Donald Trump may be happening slightly quicker than expected, but it was entirely predictable. Turns out that for many Republicans #NeverTrump actually meant, "on balance we would prefer somebody like Marco Rubio, but we will support pretty much anybody who is not a...

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Establishment Republicans Have More in Common With Hillary Than Trump

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2016 | 4:32 PM

For several years now there has been a fight within the Republican Party, pitting establishment Republicans against movement conservatives. The former group, most frequently associated with likes of Mitt Romney, George H.W. Bush and, in this election cycle, Jeb Bush and John Kasich, has strong ties to big business, champions...

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What Does Bernie Want?

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2016 | 5:18 PM

As it becomes clear to all but the most dedicated, and deluded, supporters of Bernie Sanders that Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic nominee, some in the Vermont Senator's camp have turned their attention to reforming the nominating process in the Democratic Party. This is, in many respects, a good...

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How Will We Remember the 2016 Presidential Election

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 11:47 AM

American presidential elections are an extraordinary combination of politics, theater and marathon. The 2016 election, which is still more than six months from being over, is proving to be no exception. Republican frontrunner, Donald Trump, while exciting to some voters and frightening to many others, is nothing if not entertaining....

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The Ghost of Bush-Gore: The 2000 Election Haunts the 2016 Race

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2016 | 3:03 PM

This primary season is the first in modern times in which candidates and their supporters from both major parties, specifically Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, have raised doubts about whether the nominating system is rigged. The nominating system for both parties is undeniably complicated and confusing. Our primary system is,...

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Hillary Clinton Represents the Last Hurrah for Centrist Democrats

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2016 | 11:14 AM

Ted Cruz's decisive victory in Wisconsin last week has made a brokered Republican convention a mathematical likelihood. That possibility has highlighted the tensions within the Republican Party and raised questions about what the GOP will look like in the future and whether it will be badly damaged by this strange...

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Why Bernie Sanders Should Have Embraced Barack Obama

(7) Comments | Posted April 5, 2016 | 9:37 AM

Barack Obama's debatable legacy is at the heart of the 2016 presidential campaign. The Republican primary has been, on a significant level, a contest over which candidate can come up with the most extreme hyperbolic language to describe the terrible damage, in their collective view, President Obama has done to...

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Brussels, the Presidential Election and the U.S. Role in the World

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2016 | 9:17 AM

The murderous terrorist attack in Brussels last week was a horrible event underscoring, yet again, the ability of ISIS and their fellow travelers to kill and cause havoc in Europe. The attack also highlighted one of the major themes and fundamental complexities of the U.S. presidential election.

The primaries have...

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What's Next for Bernie Sanders

(559) Comments | Posted March 19, 2016 | 11:58 AM

Hillary Clinton's big wins in Ohio, Illinois, Florida and North Carolina on Tuesday all but sewed up the Democratic nomination for the longtime frontrunner. Ms. Clinton will now shift for a general election campaign that promises to be intense, entertaining, nasty and passionate on both sides, particularly if Donald Trump...

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Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders and Electoral Whitesplaining

(1) Comments | Posted March 11, 2016 | 2:31 PM

The notion that Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are two sides of the same outsider coin has become increasingly common, but it misses some key differences between the candidates. Mr. Sanders has a strong and consistent ideological view, while Mr. Trump's opinions range across the political spectrum. Mr. Sanders almost...

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The Questionable Prospects of the Stop Trump Movement

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2016 | 7:41 PM

The GOP panic around Donald Trump has risen to new levels, following Mr. Trump's strong Super Tuesday showing. Stern speeches by GOP establishment figures like Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney may warm the hearts of GOP leadership, but without a concrete plan they will do little to stop the controversial...

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Will the Presidential Primaries Be Over on Super Tuesday?

(2) Comments | Posted February 29, 2016 | 7:56 AM

Super Tuesday marks end of the phase of the campaign when primary and caucus returns are mostly interpreted in terms of momentum and what they might mean for the shape of the race, and the start of the time when delegate counts finally become meaningful. On March 1st, 865 Democratic...

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