"Lincoln Mitchell has an extraordinary and profound understanding of Georgia and of the former Soviet Union more generally. He has a nuanced sense of the unique challenges facing our country as well as a deep knowledge of the internal politics and personalities in Georgia. Lincoln has also shown himself to be a valued and trusted confidant whose advice has always been insightful, useful and frank. I know very few people who combine a deep expertise in Georgia and the region with such a clear understanding of how Washington works and how to effectively communicate with American opinion leaders."
-Irakli Alasania, Minister of Defense, Georgia 2012-2014
"Lincoln Mitchell is a rare consultant: he combines the practical instincts of a strategist with the thoughtful mentality bred by academic training and work. He has displayed the ability to understand and master complex political environments quickly, and to come up with effective strategic and communications responses. He functions well in high pressure situations and is able to work in and manage complex teams. This has been illustrated time and again, whether in his critically important work in Georgia’s transition to democracy, his training and strategic advice for parties in the Middle East, or in the assessments and analyses he has done in environments as diverse as Pakistan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. If I were working in a difficult political environment, Lincoln is someone I’d be sure to want by my side."
-Craig Charney, President and CEO, Charney Research
“Lincoln Mitchell is one of the very few people who have made the transition successfully from accomplished practitioner of democracy assistance to respected analyst in the field. Given his background, his writings deserve wide dissemination, and his advice in the field deserves considered attention.”
-Lorne Craner, President, International Republican Institute
"Lincoln has worked with Democracy International since our founding in 2003. He has performed many high level evaluations and assessments, all of which have been outstanding. Lincoln is a great team leader who can also write well! We will continue to call on Lincoln whenever opportunity permits and look forward to working with him for the next ten years."
-Glenn Cowan, Chief Executive, Democracy International
"Lincoln Mitchell has been in the forefront of political development and analysis for more than a decade. I eagerly read and recommend his work on democratization and treasure his keen observations on politics – both in the former Soviet Union and closer to home in the US. He is the rare expert on political development who successfully combines rigorous academic training with on the ground experience in public policy and political campaigns. Indeed, what sets Lincoln apart is his pragmatism, independence, and willingness to speak his mind. While many public commentators on democratization and foreign policy more generally are driven by their own partisanship or the partisanship of their sources, Lincoln’s view are strikingly original and always worth reading."
Timothy Frye, Marshall D. Shulman Professor of Post-Soviet Foreign Policy and Director, Harriman Institute, Columbia University
"Lincoln Mitchell is a highly successful political consultant, campaign strategist and policy analyst. His work has brought him to the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe and newly emerging democracies, while he continues to be active in American politics, especially in New York City. Lincoln is a rigorously trained political scientist with excellent survey research skills and an extraordinary capacity for strategic thinking. He has managed political campaigns for NY city council and public advocate as well as other offices. I have had the opportunity of working with Lincoln and I know that his research, teaching and pragmatic approach to public policy make him exceptional among consultants."
-Professor Ester R. Fuchs, Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs and Department of Political Science
"When our political club was seeking a consultant to facilitate our strategic planning retreat I immediately thought of Lincoln. We needed someone who knew the New York City political landscape but would bring a politically unbiased and critical perspective to the task. Lincoln skillfully helped us to think clearly about the environment which we are working in and the goals, strategies and tactics to strengthen the club flowing from that. He excellently synthesized the retreat discussions into a concise report that is serving as a guide and point of reference for us going forward."
-David Pechefsky, former president, Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats
"Dr. Lincoln Mitchell has been a consultant assisting the UN Democracy Fund for the last several years on the assessment of project proposals. I have always found his work exemplary. He meets deadlines and expectations. It is a pleasure to work with a person so accomplished in the field of democracy support."
-Roland Rich, Executive Head, United Nations Democracy Fund 2007-2014