Lincoln Mitchell

Research Scholar, Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies

1336 International Affairs

Lincoln Mitchell has over a decade of experience working in political development and consulting. 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, where he has advised businesses and other organizations as well, 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. 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, Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera America, 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. Mitchell holds a Ph.D in Political Science from Columbia University.



Lincoln Mitchell, Uncertain Democracy: U.S. Foreign Policy and Georgia’s Rose Revolution (Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008).

Journal Articles

Alexander Cooley and Lincoln Mitchell, “A Counterproductive Disdain,” New York Times (2011).

Alexander Cooley and Lincoln Mitchell, “Engagement without Recognition: A New Strategy toward Abkhazia and Eurasia’s Unrecognized States,” Washington Quarterly 33, no. 4 (2010).

Lincoln Mitchell, “Georgia’s Story: Competing Narratives Since the War,” Survival 51, no. 4 (2009): 87.

Lincoln Mitchell, “Compromising Democracy: State Building in Saakashvili’s Georgia,” Central Asian Survey 28, no. 2 (2009): 171.

Alexander Cooley and Lincoln Mitchell, “No Way to Treat Our Friends: Recasting Recent U.S.-Georgia Relations,” Washington Quarterly (2009).

Lincoln Mitchell, “Beyond Bombs and Ballots: Dispelling Myths about Democracy Assistance,” The National Interest 88 (2007): 32.