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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 Predicting This World Series

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 5:01 PM

The World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants features two teams that were pretty good in the regular season but have been played either excellent (the Giants) or almost flawless (the Royals) baseball during the postseason. The two teams, neither of whom managed to win...

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In Defense of This World Series

(37) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 12:58 PM

In recent days there have been a number of articles asserting that the 2014 postseason is either boring or not lucrative for MLB because of the absence of any teams with a national following, like the New York Yankees or the Boston Red Sox. Leaving aside...

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Does the Better Team Win in Baseball's Postseason?

(1) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 12:00 PM

Over the course of the 162 game baseball season of 2014, four teams won 94 or more games. Today as four teams remain in baseball's postseason tournament, only one of those teams is still playing. The Washington Nationals led the NL with 96 wins; the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim...

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Pedro Martinez Shows Solidarity With a Young Pitcher

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 6:12 PM

For baseball fans, the end of September and beginning of October are a fun time. Playoff baseball often consists of tense, high-stakes and exciting games featuring the baseball's best players. It is also a time of mind-numbing cliches, lazy analysis and in, much of the media, an understanding of baseball...

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Talk of Romney in 2016 Continues to Grow

(42) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 1:13 PM

In recent days and weeks there has been renewed speculation that Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee for president will again be a candidate in 2016. There has been some talk about this for months, but it has grown louder in recent days. Yesterday, The Washington Post described Mr. Romney's...

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Leonard Cohen at 80

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 3:35 PM

Anybody familiar with Leonard Cohen knows the haunting often depressing beauty of his lyrics. In his early years performing, Mr. Cohen's unrelenting grimness became something of a joke. The British media, for example, in the 1960s and 1970s frequently referred to him as "Laughing Len." Laughing Len turns 80 today;...

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Derek Jeter's Endless Farewell Tour

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 6:00 PM

Some great ballplayers are remembered so much for the narrative that emerges around them that it overshadows anything they did on the field. Barry Bonds, for example, is more known for steroid controversy than for being the best player of his generation even before he was suspected of steroid use....

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Is the Gender Gap Really About Race?

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 9:37 AM

As the 2014 midterm election approaches the gender gap -- or in less polite terms, the Republican war on women -- will likely draw a fair amount of media attention.

It's a good Democratic talking point and fits in well with how many view politics in the U.S. today. The...

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Landslide Andrew: What Cuomo's Miserable Margin Means for 2016

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 2:00 PM

Seeking to interpret a single primary election as a harbinger of future national political trends is something of a mug's game. Nonetheless, it is difficult to look at Andrew Cuomo's 62-percent-to-34-percent primary victory margin in yesterday's Democratic primary in New York State and not notice a few things that might...

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The Long Baseball Season

(1) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 12:02 PM

Major League Baseball released its schedule for 2015 this week. This is the kind of late-season event that is only of interest to the most intense fans. Not too many casual observers of the game are interested in knowing who their team will open against next April, whether their team...

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What Is at Stake in the Midterm Elections

(0) Comments | Posted September 6, 2014 | 6:35 PM

With the 2014 midterm elections less than two months away, it is difficult to open up a political website or listen to kibitzers on radio or cable television without hearing the latest horserace analysis. The question of whether the Republicans win control of the Senate or the Democrats hold on...

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Is Rand Paul Becoming Just Another Republican?

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 1:58 PM

For several years Rand Paul, the junior senator from Kentucky and the son of presidential candidate Ron Paul, has been one of the most interesting politicians in his party and in congress as a whole.


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A West Coast Post-Season

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 12:05 PM

With roughly a month remaining in the baseball season, it is clear that, at least for 2014, there has been a geographical shift in the game's balance of power. If the season were to end today, four California teams would be assured of one of baseball's 10 post-season spots, while...

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After Ferguson, America Still Can't Discuss Race

(80) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 11:58 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 | 3:36 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

(991) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 2:23 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

(3) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 1:40 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 | 2:53 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

(27) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 6:42 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 | 5:59 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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