San Francisco Year Zero: Political Upheaval, Punk Rock and a Third Place Baseball Team (New Brunswick, Rutgers University Press, 2019)

Baseball Goes West: The Dodgers, the Giants and the Shaping of the Major Leagues (Kent, Kent State University Press, 2018)

Will Big League Baseball Survive? Globalization, the End of Television, Youth Sports and the Future of Big League Baseball (Philadelphia, Temple University Press, 2016)

The Democracy Promotion Paradox (Washington, Brookings Press, 2016) 

The Color Revolutions (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012)  

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

OPINION columns and other short articles

Current and past pieces on The Huffington Post, primarily on US politics, can be found here.

Pieces in The Faster Times from 2009-2012, primarily on foreign policy, can be found here

“COLCHIS: Tbilisi’s Protests and the Georgian Dream Political Paradox,” bne IntelliNews, June 25, 2019

“What the Dodgers and Giants’ 1958 Move West Meant for America,” Zocalo Public Square, March 27, 2019

“A Donald Trump coup if he loses in 2020? With all the norms he's busted, don't rule it out,” USA Today, with Jerry Goldfeder, March 14, 2019

“On the Cyber Battlefield, China, Not Russia, is the Biggest Threat to the U.S.,” The Moscow Times, with Tinatin Japaridze, February 25, 2019

“Venezuela Sets the Stage for a Putin-Trump Confrontation,” The Moscow Times, with Tinatin Japaridze, February 13, 2019

“The Perils of Overestimating Putin,” The Moscow Times, with Tinatin Japaridze, January 11, 2019

“Commentary: Watch this, ignore that. A guide to U.S. politics in 2019,” Reuters, December 16, 2018

“Commentary: The argument over Pelosi as House speaker misses the point,” Reuters, December 13, 2018

“The Specter of Russia Hangs Over Georgia’s Presidential Runoff,” The Moscow Times with Tinatin Japaridze, November 28, 2018

“The Year that Shook Up San Francisco’s Jewish Community,” Tablet Magazine, November 27, 2018

“Commentary: Forty Years On, Moscone-Milk Political Legacy Still Matters,” Reuters, November 26, 2018

“Lessons from Jonestown for the Cult of Trump,” The European Interest, November 17, 2018

“Commentary: Why Mueller’s Russia Findings Won’t Matter,” Reuters, November 14, 2018

“Commentary: Why the Democrats didn’t do better in the U.S. Midterms,” Reuters, November 7, 2018

“Commentary: Is the US still a real democracy?” Reuters, October 30, 2018

“Remember When the Dodgers and Giants Moved West?” History News Network, October 21, 2018

“Trump Has Cleared the Way for Russian ‘Hacktivities,” The Moscow Times, October 2, 2018, with Tinatin Japaridze

“When the Russian Dog Finally Caught Up with the American Car,” The Moscow Times, September 26, 2018, with Tinatin Japaridze

“US-Russia Relations: How 2016 Changed Everything and Nothing,” Russia International Affairs Council, August 23, 2018, with Tinatin Japaridze

"The Rise and Fall of Mikheil Saakashvili," Al Jazeera, February 20, 2018

"Does Democracy Still Matter in Georgia," European Democratic Security Network, November 28, 2017

"The Mayor and the Footballer," European Democratic Security Network, November 2, 2017

"The Kremlin and the Panopticon," European Democratic Security Network, October 17, 2017

"Stuck in Neutral: Georgia's Constitutional Reforms," Emerging Europe, July 6, 2017

"Is the World Baseball Classic An Error for the Jews?" Forward, March 2, 2017

"Netanyahu to Liberal American Jews: Drop Dead," Forward, February 10, 2017

"White Christian Identity Politics and Foreign Policy in the United States," New Europe January 8, 2017

"The Triumph of the Stooge," Roads and Kingdoms August 8, 2016

"The DNC email leaks could be payback from Russia for American meddling in foreign elections," Quartz July 28, 2016

"Beyond the Lobbying: Crafting U.S. Policy on Azerbaijan," New America July 16, 2015 (Co-authored with Michael Hikari Cecire)

"For Georgia, Riga Summit Means One Step Forward and Three Quarters of a Step Back," New Europe May 28, 2015

"Georgia and the Saakashvili Criminal Charges Conundrum," September 5, 2014

"Saakashvili Doesn't Need a Little Help from His Friends," Foreign Policy August 7, 2014

"Up for Discussion: Putin's Machiavellian Moment," The Weekly Wonk  July 24, 2014

"Europe's Blind Spot," The Mark News June 9, 2014

"Putin's Risky Bet in Ukraine," The Weekly Wonk April 17, 2014

"Does Washington's Silence Send Georgia a Loud Message?" Eurasianet March 7, 2014

"The Glass in Ukraine: Half Full, Half Spilt," Al Jazeera March 3, 2014 (with Michael Hikari Cecire)

"Our Dangerous Mistake in Ukraine," The Weekly Wonk February 27, 2014

"A Tale of Two Ukraines," The Weekly Wonk February 13, 2014

"Georgia: A Low-Key, but Potentially Pivotal Presidential Contest," Eurasianet October 25, 2013

"Georgia is not Ukraine and Must Be Given a Chance to Prove It," The Parliament: Politics, Policy and People September 2, 2013

“The Rose Revolution Through a Fun House Mirror,” The American Interest, April 22, 2013

"Filling In Georgia's Blanks,"  Transitions Online , April 3, 2013

“Four Observations and Four Questions from the Georgian Elections,” Eurasianet November 15, 2012. 

"Could Georgia Be 2012's October Surprise?"  Real Clear World September 22, 2012

"'Occupy' Looks Forward, Tea Party Backward," US News and World Report October 19, 2011

"Arab Spring Tests ‘Relevance and Impact’ of Democracy Assistance," Democracy Digest October 4, 2011

“A Counterproductive Disdain,” The New York Times August 31, 2011 (with Alexander Cooley) 

“North Africa Through the Lens of the Color Revolutions,” Eurasianet February 4, 2011

“A Direct Route to Engagement,” Caucasus Security Insight October 2010 

“Georgia Needs a Different Path to Democracy,” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty May 7, 2009 (with Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff)

“Georgia’s Mutiny Mystery,” Foreign Policy: The Argument May 6, 2009

“Reeling in Russia,” Washington Post Global. October 30, 2008

“Viewing Georgia, without the Rose Colored Glasses,” New York Times September 25, 2008

“Mad at the U.S., but Still Tied to It,” New York Times Online. August 13, 2008

“In Search of a Free Georgia,” Moscow Times. August 11, 2008

“The End of the Rose Era,” Transitions Online. May 27, 2008

“Dour Democrats,” Transitions Online. March 26, 2008

“The Pitfalls of Aid,” Transitions Online. March 18, 2008. (Co-authored with David L. Phillips) 

“What was the Rose Revolution For? Understanding the Georgian Revolution,” Harvard International Review. February 27, 2008

“Inside Track: Beacon of Democracy or Khachapuri Republic?” National Interest Online. December 13, 2008. 


"Regime Evolution in Trump's America: Should We Be Worried?," Columbia University Journal of Politics and Society, Spring 2018

"The Perfect Day in West San Francisco," Explore Parts Unknown, December 6, 2017

"San Francisco 1978: The Year that Shaped San Francisco," Medium, June 6-8, 2017

"Why is This Guy Still Talking About Democracy in Georgia?" Georgia Institute of Politics, Commentary, March 2017

"The Traumatic Birth of the Crimean Nation," Transitions Online, November 22, 2016

"Dropping in to See What Condition the Transition Is In: The US, Democratic Development and the South Caucasus," in South Caucasus at a Crossroads: Thorny Realities and Great Expectations (Tbilisi: Heinrich Boell Foundation, 2014)

"Learning from Crimea," Foreign Policy, June 16, 2014 (Co-authored with Alexander Cooley

“Dueling Narratives: Storytelling and Spin in Georgia,” World Affairs Journal (September-October 2013) 80-84

“What’s Next for Georgia? The End of the Rose Revolution,” World Affairs Journal (January-February 2013) 75-82

“Georgia: The Issue is Not Democracy,” Survival Vol. 54 No. 2 (April-May 2012) 97-112

“The Rose Revolution:  Georgia and Democratic Spin” in Isakhan, Ben and Stockwell, Stephen. eds. The Edinburgh Companion to the History of Democracy (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012) 

“The New World of Democracy Promotion,” Current History Vol. 110 No. 739 (November 2011) 311-316

“Faded Colors,” The American Interest Vol. 6 No. 5 (May/June 2011) 22-28

"A Midterm Evaluation," Columbia Magazine Winter 2010-11

“Engagement without Recognition: A New Strategy for Abkhazia and Eurasia’s Unrecognized States,” Washington Quarterly Vol. 33 No.4 (October 2010) (Co-authored with Alexander Cooley)

“Abkhazia on Three Wheels,” World Policy Journal Vol. 28 No. 2 (Summer 2010) (Co-authored with Alexander Cooley)

“Toolbox: Georgia’s Territorial Integrity,” American Interest Vol. 5 No. 5 (May/June 2010) (Co-authored with Alexander Cooley) 

“Georgia’s Story: Competing Narratives Since the War,” Survival Vol. 51 No. 4 (August 2009): 87-100

“Compromising Democracy: State Building in Saakashvili’s Georgia,” Central Asian Survey Vol. 28 No. 2 (Summer 2009): 171-183

“Georgia Postbellum,” American Interest. Vol. 4, No. 5 (May/June 2009). 

“No Way to Treat Our Friends: Recasting Recent U.S.-Georgia Relations,” Washington Quarterly. Vol. 32, No. 1 (Winter 2008). (Co-authored with Alexander Cooley)

“More than Location: Crafting a US Policy for the Black Sea Region,” Southeast European and Black Sea Studies. Vol. 8, No. 2 (June 2008): 129-140.

“Democracy Bound,” The National Interest. Vol. 95 (May/June 2008): 70-76.

“Enhancing Democracy Assistance,” American Foreign Policy Interests. Vol. 30, No. 3 (May/June 2008). (Co-authored with David L. Phillips) 

“Challenges of Supporting Democratic Governance in Fragile Contexts-UNDP,” Transforming Fragile States-Examples of Practical Experience. Baden-Baden, Nomos (2007).

“Beyond Bombs and Ballots: Dispelling Myths about Democracy Assistance,” The National Interest. Vol. 88 (March/April 2007): 32-36.

“Democracy in Georgia since the Rose Revolution,” Orbis. Vol. 50, No. 4 (Fall 2006): 669-676.

“Georgia’s Rose Revolution,” Current History. Vol. 103, No. 675 (October 2004): 342-348.

“What Makes Reform So Difficult: The Case of America’s Cities and Reforming Elites,” in Hayduk, Ronald and Mattson, Kevin eds. Democracy’s Moment: Reforming the American Political System for the 21st Century (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield 2002) 

“Win, Place, Show: Public Opinion Polls and Campaign Contributions in a New York City Election,” Urban Affairs Review. Vol. 35, No. 4 (2000): 479-501. (Co-authored with E. Scott Adler and Ester Fuchs)


“Ten Years that Shook Up San Francisco’s Jewish Community,” Tablet Magazine, November 27, 2018

“Commentary: Forty Years On, Moscone-Milk Political Legacy Still Matters,” Reuters, November 26, 2018

"The Perfect Day in West San Francisco," Explore Parts Unknown, December 6, 2017

"San Francisco 1978: The Year that Shaped San Francisco," Medium, June 6-8, 2017

"As North Beach Goes So Could Go New York," New York Observer, September 10, 2015

"On the Death of My Brother," New York Observer October 28, 2015

"Toward Land's End," Roads and Kingdoms October 21, 2014

“Waiting for the 43,” Instant City No.7 (Spring 2010) 95-97

“Ruby the Pizza Guy,” Instant City No.6 (Fall 2008) 94-99. Also published as "The Pizza Guy," in van der Zee, John San Francisco Childhood  (Kensington, CA Grizzly Peak Press 2011)


Supporting Democracy Abroad: An Assessment of Leading Powers-United States Freedom House, November 2014

After the August War:  A New Strategy for U.S. Engagement with Georgia  Harriman Institute, Columbia University May 2010 (with Alexander Cooley)


Current and recent baseball pieces can be found here

Baseball pieces in The Faster Times from 2009-2012 can be found here

"It's Over: Farewell Yogi Berra," New York Observer, September 23, 2015

"Lets Play World Series," The Baseball Chronicle , May 2009

The New York Observer

Links to selected Observer articles by Lincoln Mitchell can be found here.