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Jennie K. Lincoln, Ph.D.

Director, Latin America and Caribbean Program

Jennie LincolnJennie Lincoln is director of the Carter Center's Latin America and Caribbean Program and a professor at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she teaches Latin American politics and U.S.-Latin American relations. In 2010, she retired as principal research associate at the Georgia Tech Research Institute. Her research interests focus on uses of information technology to improve democratic initiatives and civil-military relations. She has been an international election observer in 13 elections, including two with the Organization of American States (Ecuador 2013 and Bolivia 2014).

In the summers of 2012 and 2013, she taught “Threats, Technology, and the Information Society” for the master's program in security and defense for the National Institute of Higher Studies in Quito, Ecuador. In May 2014, she was invited by the U.S. Embassy in Equatorial Guinea to conduct workshops and speak with government officials, non-governmental organizations, the press, and the private sector on elections administration and models of domestic and international observation.

Lincoln also has a long, distinguished record of consulting for the U.S. government, nongovernmental organizations, and private sector companies. She served as a consultant on a variety of cross-cultural initiatives, training, and project design and evaluation for the Ford Foundation; the MacArthur Foundation; Frost and Sullivan Political Risk Analysts; Creative Associates International, Inc.; the International Foundation for Electoral Systems; and HansaOne, Inc. She has managed projects for Management Systems International; Development Associates; the U.S. Department of State; the U.S. Department of Defense; the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy; and the U.S. Agency for International Development in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as Namibia and Mozambique.

Lincoln received her Ph.D. in political science from The Ohio State University and has taught at Miami University (Ohio). She was a Fulbright professor in Costa Rica from 1984-86 and then served as associate director of the Latin American and Caribbean Program at The Carter Center before going to Georgia Tech in 1991. Lincoln has been a policy advisor for the U.S. Southern Command J3/J5 exercises and is adjunct faculty for the U.S. Department of Defense Institute for Security Assistance Management at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

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Finding the End of a 50-Year Civil War | Q&A with Carter Center Expert Jennie Lincoln

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