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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

Alex Rodriguez in 2015

(4) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 1:01 PM

Alex Rodriguez's return from a one-year suspension has been one of the most intriguing stories of the 2015 baseball season. Rodriguez has assumed the role of full-time DH for the New York Yankees and has immediately become one of the best hitters on that team. His OPS+ of 152, 10...

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All Aboard! The Crowded Republican Field Gets Even More Crowded

(7) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 11:05 AM

It is likely that both U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will announce a run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination in the next few weeks. Mr. Graham has already set an impressive bar for announcement hubris, stating, "I'm running because the world...

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Why Is Rand Paul Wooing Liberal San Francisco

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 1:13 PM

Many years ago, legendary San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen described his city as "the only city in America that boos Willie Mays and cheers Khrushchev." Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is hoping San Francisco is about to buck that legacy. The logic behind Republican Presidential candidate Rand Paul's recent decision...

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Why Bernie Sanders' Long-Shot Run for the White House Helps Hillary

(6) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 10:16 AM

Bernie Sanders of Vermont is expected to announce his candidacy for president on Thursday. Senator Sanders is a smart, progressive man who has been the left wing conscience of Congress for a generation. He also has as much chance of becoming President as I do of replacing Joe Girardi as...

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Why Much of the Conventional Wisdom About 2016 Is Wrong

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 1:13 PM

Since Hillary Clinton formally announced her continued participation in the 2016 presidential race, the campaign has been brought into sharper focus. Ms. Clinton is now an official candidate and several Republicans including Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have announced their candidacy, while others such as Jeb Bush and...

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Would Clinton-Warren Be A Winning Ticket?

(101) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 1:11 PM

With the Democratic primary unlikely to be competitive, attention will soon turn to Hillary Clinton's choice of a running mate. At first glance, it would seem that she would benefit from a running mate that is at least a decade younger than her, probably male and perhaps Latino. Secretary of...

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Ready for Hillary? That Depends on Whether Hillary Is Ready for the Attacks

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 2:15 PM

In one of the more surreal emails of the still-young 2016 presidential campaign, John Podesta, Bill Clinton's former chief of staff, sent a note to Democratic supporters and the media yesterday afternoon that included the line "I wanted to make sure you heard it first from me -- it's official:...

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Why Carly Fiorina's Presidential Run Makes Sense -- and Is Pure Folly

(10) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 10:23 AM

One of the most intriguing potential Republican presidential candidates for 2016 is former CEO of Hewlett-Packard Carly Fiorina. The logic of Ms. Fiorina's candidacy is reasonably straightforward. As the only woman in a crowded field of men, and the only candidate with extensive private-sector experience, Ms. Fiorina, who ran unsuccessfully...

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Impeaching the Presidential Campaign Announcement

(2) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 7:49 AM

Last week, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz became the first candidate to formally enter the race for the Republican nomination for president. The Republican field is likely to be very crowded, but until recently there were no official candidates. Accordingly, one of the first thing that Cruz's announcement did was draw...

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Much Ado About Nothing: Chuck Schumer's Rise Won't Salve The Senate

(7) Comments | Posted March 28, 2015 | 10:41 AM

Democratic Minority Leader Harry Reid's decision not to seek reelection in 2016 will mark the end of his impressive 30-year career in the Senate. Mr. Reid, one of the least charismatic politicians to rise to his post but who mastered the Senate arcane rules to his party's advantage, anointed Chuck...

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Why the Likud-GOP Alliance May Hurt Israel

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 12:37 PM

Last Saturday night, while having dinner at an Italian place on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx with my family, I mentioned my cousin in Israel. A few minutes later, the middle-aged Italian-American man sharing our table leaned over. "I wasn't eavesdropping," he said, "but I heard you mention Israel." Soon...

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A Warning From Chicago for Hillary Clinton and the Democrats

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 1:22 PM

The runoff election for mayor of Chicago between incumbent Rahm Emanuel and challenger Jesus "Chuy" Garcia is a reminder of why it is so important for Hillary Clinton to have no serious opponent in the Democratic Primary for president. Ms. Clinton and Mr. Emanuel are not exactly similar candidates, and...

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Whatever Happened to Rand Paul?

(8) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 8:08 AM

A year ago, Rand Paul was the most exciting Republican politician in the country. He was building a presidential campaign around his brand of libertarian Republican politics that, while not exactly making him a frontrunner for his party's presidential nomination in 2016, made him a credible candidate. Mr. Paul's belief...

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Why Do the Democrats Field a Weak Bench?

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 10:19 AM

In recent weeks, there has been substantial media attention paid to the Democrats' weak bench, meaning that other than Hillary Clinton there are few plausible presidential candidates in the party. A January 29th headline in the Weekly Standard read "The Democrats Bench is Shockingly Weak." In February, Tom Bevan of...

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The Clintons Revert to Form

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 11:49 AM

If a scandal happens to a non-candidate with no opponents does it impact her status as front-runner for her party's nomination? This is the question facing Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party right now. The most likely answer, at least in the short run, is no. This is also an...

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Hillary Clinton Needs a Reverse Sister Souljah Moment

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2015 | 11:26 AM

As the 2016 presidential primary season approaches, two narratives have begun to emerge around Hillary Clinton. One is that she is almost certain to her party's nomination for president.

In the the New York Times, Nate Cohn argues that Ms. Clinton is in a much stronger position...

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Farewell to Leonard Nimoy

(7) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 2:48 PM

Few fictional characters, particularly from television, have been as enduring in the public consciousness, memorable and profound as Spock, and few actors have both inhabited and created a character as fully and brilliantly as Leonard Nimoy did with Spock. Leonard Nimoy, who died today at 83 years old, played many...

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No Predicting This World Series

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 4:01 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 | 11:58 AM

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?

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 11:00 AM

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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