Lincoln Mitchell

Political Development, Strategic Communication and Research

Lincoln Mitchell is a political development and strategic communications consultant as well as an accomplished scholar and writer. Mitchell has worked on political development in dozens of countries as well as on numerous domestic political campaigns. He has also published books, articles, opinion pieces and blogs on international relations, the former Soviet Union, democracy, US politics and baseball. 

RISK ANALYSIS AND BUSINESS STRATEGY

Lincoln has done risk analysis for businesses working in China and throughout the former Soviet Union. He has used data analysis, desk research and his extensive network in the business, media, government and non-governmental sectors to provide clients with timely and valuable information about political and business environments, particularly in Georgia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan and elsewhere in Eurasia. He has also provided guidance and helped establish important relationships for businesses seeking to work in the post-Soviet space.

STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION AND CAMPAIGNS

Lincoln has provided political and communications advice to numerous organizations including the Rockefeller Foundation, 1199/SEIU and other domestic NGOs. For several years, he worked as a political consultant managing and advising US campaigns, primarily in New York City. Lincoln was an informal advisor to the Georgian Dream coalition and helped them win a major upset victory in the 2012 parliamentary elections in Georgia.

PUNDITRY AND POLITICAL COMMENTARY

Lincoln is a sought after commentator and guest on American and international media outlets. He has a great deal of experience in front of the camera and can speak on a range of international and domestic political issues as well as on the business and industry aspects of baseball. Many of his media appearances can be seen on the media page of this site.

EVALUATIONS AND ASSESSMENTS

Lincoln Mitchell has assessed and evaluated development projects for USAID, UNDEF, DFID and other organizations in many countries including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Romania and Pakistan. These assessments and evaluations have examined media, parliamentary, civil society and political party programs. Below are some of the reports which were produces as part of these projects.

Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy: Evaluation of the NIMD South Caucasus - Georgia Programme, 2011–2014, November 2015

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

Montenegro Legislative Strengthening and Political Party Performance Evaluation, November 2011

Parliamentary Program of Azerbaijan Evaluation, July 2011 

Kosovo Civil Society Strengthening Evaluation, November 2010

Cambodia: Political Competition and Civil Society Assessment, September-December 2008

Kosovo Civil Society Program, February 2008

Civil Society Programs Financed by the US Government in Romania: A Study of Best Practices and Lessons Learned, November 2007

POLITICAL PARTIES

Lincoln has worked with political parties, primarily with the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in many countries including: Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Bulgaria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Georgia, Haiti, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, the Palestinian Authority, and Tanzania. This work has included advising parties on political strategy, training on campaign and other tactics and evaluating political party environments.

TEACHING

Lincoln was on the faculty of Columbia University from 2006-2013 where he was the Arnold A. Saltzman Assistant Professor in the Practice of International Politics from 2006-2008 and an Associate Research Scholar at the Harriman Institute from 2009-2013. Lincoln has also taught at Brown University, the Georgia Institute for Public Affairs and several schools in the City University of New York (CUNY) system. He has taught mini-courses at the European Humanities University, the Estonian School of Diplomacy and the Marine Corps War College.

Lincoln has spoken at numerous conferences and workshops hosted by organizations including at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Georgia Foundation for Strategic and International Studies, The New School, New York University Center for Global Affairs, Beloit College, Society for International Business Fellows, University of Connecticut, Council on Foreign Relations, Atlantic Council of the United States, United States Department of State, German Council on Foreign Relations, United States Agency for International Development, Georgia Forum, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute at the School of Advanced International Study at Johns Hopkins University, Heinrich Boell Foundation, Georgia Defense and Security Conference, Foreign Policy Research Institute and several institutes and departments at Columbia University.