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Catherine Putz

Catherine (Katie) Putz is managing editor of The Diplomat. 

She manages the monthly magazine as well as writing on Central Asia and Afghanistan. She writes on politics, security and culture in former Soviet spaces, particularly where they link to greater Asia.

Katie is a graduate of the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky, where she studied international security and Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in history with a focus on U.S. diplomatic and conflict history. Previously, Katie worked in several positions at the Atlantic Council and as a communications consultant at the World Bank. She is a member of the Military Writers Guild.

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Afghanistan Shouldn’t Start Counting TAPI Revenue Just Yet
February 24, 2017
Afghanistan Shouldn’t Start Counting TAPI Revenue Just Yet
Progress has been excruciatingly slow but the governments involved remain optimistic.
Afghanistan Shouldn’t Start Counting TAPI Revenue Just Yet
Good News: After 17 Years, Uzbek Journalist Released
February 23, 2017
Good News: After 17 Years, Uzbek Journalist Released
Muhammad Bekjanov was one of the world's longest-imprisoned journalists.
Good News: After 17 Years, Uzbek Journalist Released
Can Kazakhstan Look to Uzbekistan for Economic Dynamism?
February 18, 2017
Can Kazakhstan Look to Uzbekistan for Economic Dynamism?
Central Asia’s borders and Stalin; radio in the region and more; recommended links.
Can Kazakhstan Look to Uzbekistan for Economic Dynamism?
Kyrgyzstan Sets November Date for Presidential Election
February 16, 2017
Kyrgyzstan Sets November Date for Presidential Election
The contenders are already gathering for what will surely be Central Asia's most dynamic election to date.
Kyrgyzstan Sets November Date for Presidential Election
More, Better Jobs: Tajikistan’s Employment Problems
February 15, 2017
More, Better Jobs: Tajikistan’s Employment Problems
New World Bank report highlights that Dushanbe is underutilizing a growing workforce.
More, Better Jobs: Tajikistan’s Employment Problems
Glory to Kahagizstan! Atambayev Scores Saturday Night Live Mention
February 14, 2017
Glory to Kahagizstan! Atambayev Scores Saturday Night Live Mention
Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev's name is part of the comedy, but the butt of the joke is the Trump administration.
Glory to Kahagizstan! Atambayev Scores Saturday Night Live Mention
Turkmenistan, Apparently, Had an Election
February 14, 2017
Turkmenistan, Apparently, Had an Election
Berdy won, obviously.
Turkmenistan, Apparently, Had an Election
Plane Crash in Kyrgyzstan May Have Uncovered a Smuggling Scheme
February 03, 2017
Plane Crash in Kyrgyzstan May Have Uncovered a Smuggling Scheme
The January 16 crash at Manas may have blown back the cover of a smuggling operation.
Plane Crash in Kyrgyzstan May Have Uncovered a Smuggling Scheme
To Tackle Corruption in Afghanistan, Fix Procurement
February 02, 2017
To Tackle Corruption in Afghanistan, Fix Procurement
Few things are as unsexy as procurement, except perhaps the phrase “procurement reform.”
To Tackle Corruption in Afghanistan, Fix Procurement
A Soviet Legacy: Solving the Problem of Nationalities
January 31, 2017
A Soviet Legacy: Solving the Problem of Nationalities
Modern Central Asian states, like their Soviet predecessor, like to overemphasize ethnic harmony.
A Soviet Legacy: Solving the Problem of Nationalities
Kyrgyzstan's Constitutional Changes and Atambayev's Self-Preservation
January 30, 2017
Kyrgyzstan's Constitutional Changes and Atambayev's Self-Preservation
The presidential elections later this year will be a major test for Kyrgyzstan's democracy and Atambayev's intentions.
Kyrgyzstan's Constitutional Changes and Atambayev's Self-Preservation
From Uzbekistan to Missouri: An Immigration Story
January 28, 2017
From Uzbekistan to Missouri: An Immigration Story
An Uzbek family's journey to America; ice fishermen in Kazakhstan; and politics in Tajikistan. Weekend reads.
From Uzbekistan to Missouri: An Immigration Story
Are Political Reforms Afoot in Kazakhstan?
January 27, 2017
Are Political Reforms Afoot in Kazakhstan?
Not so fast; Nazarbayev will remain the “supreme arbiter.”
Are Political Reforms Afoot in Kazakhstan?
In Kyrgyzstan, No Freedom for Askarov
January 24, 2017
In Kyrgyzstan, No Freedom for Askarov
A Bishkek court upheld the human rights defender's life sentence.
In Kyrgyzstan, No Freedom for Askarov
Oil Workers on Hunger Strike in Kazakhstan
January 21, 2017
Oil Workers on Hunger Strike in Kazakhstan
A strike in Kazakhstan, Dushanbe to phase out marshrutkas and Turkmenistan’s deepening crisis; recommended reads.
Oil Workers on Hunger Strike in Kazakhstan
Engines and Oil: Rolls-Royce Paid Bribes to Bring Its Business to Kazakhstan
January 19, 2017
Engines and Oil: Rolls-Royce Paid Bribes to Bring Its Business to Kazakhstan
This week Rolls-Royce agreed to pay $800 million to settle corruption investigations in the U.S., UK, and Brazil.
Engines and Oil: Rolls-Royce Paid Bribes to Bring Its Business to Kazakhstan
Astana Syria Talks: Pressure and Prominence Rising
January 18, 2017
Astana Syria Talks: Pressure and Prominence Rising
Next week peace talks are scheduled in Kazakhstan, but can the chaos of the Syrian war be settled on the steppe?
Astana Syria Talks: Pressure and Prominence Rising
New Year’s Nightclub Attacker Caught in Istanbul
January 17, 2017
New Year’s Nightclub Attacker Caught in Istanbul
Turkish authorities say Abdulgadir Masharipov, an Uzbek citizen, confessed after being captured.
New Year’s Nightclub Attacker Caught in Istanbul
A Lesson for the West From Central Asia
January 14, 2017
A Lesson for the West From Central Asia
Discontent will never disappear, but dissent may become dangerous.
A Lesson for the West From Central Asia
Thanks Dad! Tajik President's Son Gets A New Job
January 12, 2017
Thanks Dad! Tajik President's Son Gets A New Job
Rustam Emomali is the new mayor of Tajikistan's capital.
Thanks Dad! Tajik President's Son Gets A New Job
What Trump Needs to Know About Afghanistan
January 12, 2017
What Trump Needs to Know About Afghanistan
SIGAR sums up the challenge in Afghanistan well. Hopefully someone in the new administration pays attention.
What Trump Needs to Know About Afghanistan
Kyrgyz President Visits China, Stays for a Vacation
January 11, 2017
Kyrgyz President Visits China, Stays for a Vacation
The short working visit produced the predictable statements on Bishkek's commitment to fight the "three evils."
Kyrgyz President Visits China, Stays for a Vacation
Taliban Target Afghan Parliament in Suicide Bombing
January 11, 2017
Taliban Target Afghan Parliament in Suicide Bombing
The rush-hour attack along Darulaman road included two blasts and early numbers indicate 30 killed, 80 injured.
Taliban Target Afghan Parliament in Suicide Bombing
Gas Spats: Turkmenistan Tangles With Iran
January 10, 2017
Gas Spats: Turkmenistan Tangles With Iran
Turkmenistan has reportedly halted gas supplies to Iran (not that Iran really needs them).
Gas Spats: Turkmenistan Tangles With Iran
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