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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

After Ferguson, America Still Can't Discuss Race

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 10:58 AM

The recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, have the eerie feeling of something that we have all seen before, but are experiencing through a filter of new media, but also new politics. It is now normal that many of us learn about events like the shooting of Michael Brown and the...

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The Next Baseball Commissioner's Biggest Challenges

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 2:36 PM

Bud Selig, who is stepping down after this season, has been either acting commissioner or commissioner of baseball since 1992. The new commissioner will be Rob Manfred, an MLB insider of many years. Selig is the longest-serving commissioner of baseball since the game's first commissioner, Kenesaw Mountain Landis, who served...

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Republican Impeachment Embarrassment

(989) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 1:23 PM

President Obama is in the middle of his sixth year in the White House and is not exactly surfing a huge wave of popular support. With less than three months to go before the midterm election, Obama's poll numbers are stuck in the low 40s. His party is...

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Brett Gardner's Future With the Yankees

(2) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 12:40 PM

Last winter, following a disappointing season in which they missed the playoffs, the New York Yankees signed free agent outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury to a seven-year, $148 million contract. It was expected that the Yankees would make a big free agent splash last off-season as part of an effort to make...

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What Has This Gaza War Changed?

(118) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 1:53 PM

When the current conflict between Israel and Hamas began, it looked much like a resumption of the conflict that has led to similarly tragic consequences in recent years. Israel was poised to set back Hamas's war-making ability by a few years, leading the Israeli government to gain support domestically. As...

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Israel and Hamas Are Both Winning and Both Losing in Gaza

(26) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 5:42 PM

The war in Gaza is characterized by two sides that, for reasons of domestic and external politics, define victory very differently. Israel employs a reasonably conventional military notion of victory, measuring their success in by their ability to keep their own people safe and destroy Hamas' ability to make war...

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Jon Lester and Why the Red Sox Are Smarter Than the Yankees

(19) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 4:59 PM

As the baseball trading deadline approaches, one of the most intriguing players who has been connected to trade rumors is Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester. Lester is a top flight starting pitcher who was one of the mainstays of the Red Sox rotation during their 2013 World Series winning...

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Israel, Gaza, Hamas and Media Strategies

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 2:50 PM

As the war in Gaza continues, one of the interesting, important, but clearly secondary stories has been the efforts by both Israel and its opponents to influence public opinion through social and conventional media. Notably, by far the most important public with which both sides are concerns is...

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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

(70) 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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