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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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Nuance Needed: Religious Laws and Enforcement in Tajikistan
May 27, 2017
Nuance Needed: Religious Laws and Enforcement in Tajikistan
“Do people know what the laws are? If not, do the laws matter?”
Nuance Needed: Religious Laws and Enforcement in Tajikistan
Russia Deploys Iskander Missiles to Tajikistan for Anti-Terror Drills
May 25, 2017
Russia Deploys Iskander Missiles to Tajikistan for Anti-Terror Drills
Practice makes perfect, right? Tajikistan and Russia to hold counterterror drills next week.
Russia Deploys Iskander Missiles to Tajikistan for Anti-Terror Drills
No Justice for Lawyers in Tajikistan
May 25, 2017
No Justice for Lawyers in Tajikistan
New report, same old story: Dushanbe's crackdown on lawyers continues.
No Justice for Lawyers in Tajikistan
Kazakhstan Considers Revoking Terrorists’ Citizenship
May 24, 2017
Kazakhstan Considers Revoking Terrorists’ Citizenship
If passed, a range of crimes, from joining a terrorist group to separatism, could be grounds to lose citizenship.
Kazakhstan Considers Revoking Terrorists’ Citizenship
Top Kyrgyz Party Nominates Prime Minister for Presidential Run
May 18, 2017
Top Kyrgyz Party Nominates Prime Minister for Presidential Run
The ruling Social Democratic Party has named current PM Sooronbay Jeenbekov as its nominee.
Top Kyrgyz Party Nominates Prime Minister for Presidential Run
What's Next for the Belt and Road in Central Asia?
May 17, 2017
What's Next for the Belt and Road in Central Asia?
Three regional presidents attended the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing last weekend.
What's Next for the Belt and Road in Central Asia?
US Transfers $6 Million in Vehicles and Equipment to Tajikistan
May 12, 2017
US Transfers $6 Million in Vehicles and Equipment to Tajikistan
More stuff for Tajikistan's border services, courtesy of Washington.
US Transfers $6 Million in Vehicles and Equipment to Tajikistan
Kazakhstan Set for Economic Recovery, But What Next?
May 12, 2017
Kazakhstan Set for Economic Recovery, But What Next?
As Astana enters an upturn, sustaining reform momentum will be vital as will confronting corruption.
Kazakhstan Set for Economic Recovery, But What Next?
South Korea Presidential Election: Moon Jae-in Claims Victory
May 10, 2017
South Korea Presidential Election: Moon Jae-in Claims Victory
Exit polls and the count so far indicate that the Democratic Party's Moon will be South Korea's next leader.
South Korea Presidential Election: Moon Jae-in Claims Victory
What Does Southeast Asia Think About the Trump Presidency?
May 10, 2017
What Does Southeast Asia Think About the Trump Presidency?
A recent survey depicts a dim view of U.S. regional engagement, and an opening for China.
What Does Southeast Asia Think About the Trump Presidency?
Uzbekistan's Next Step: Renewed International Engagement
May 10, 2017
Uzbekistan's Next Step: Renewed International Engagement
High-level officials from international organizations are making the pilgrimage to Tashkent after years of rough relations.
Uzbekistan's Next Step: Renewed International Engagement
Lawyer Says Suits Against Media Organizations in Kyrgyzstan Suspended
May 09, 2017
Lawyer Says Suits Against Media Organizations in Kyrgyzstan Suspended
A lawyer has asked the Constitutional Chamber to examine the constitutionality of recent libel cases against media.
Lawyer Says Suits Against Media Organizations in Kyrgyzstan Suspended
Fighting Along the Afghanistan-Tajikistan Borderlands: Cause for Concern in Central Asia?
May 08, 2017
Fighting Along the Afghanistan-Tajikistan Borderlands: Cause for Concern in Central Asia?
How concerned should Tajikistan -- and by extension Central Asia -- be about renewed fighting in the Afghan borderlands?
Fighting Along the Afghanistan-Tajikistan Borderlands: Cause for Concern in Central Asia?
Marking a Year After Protests in Kazakhstan
May 05, 2017
Marking a Year After Protests in Kazakhstan
Freedom of the press, a devastating landslide, meeting a manaschi, and a special bonus; weekend reads.
Marking a Year After Protests in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and the Hope of Regionalism
May 05, 2017
Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and the Hope of Regionalism
Astana and Tashkent are at the heart of regionalism's potential in Central Asia
Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and the Hope of Regionalism
5 Years in Prison for Kazakh Jehovah's Witness
May 04, 2017
5 Years in Prison for Kazakh Jehovah's Witness
Teimur Akhmedov was charged under Article 174: inciting hatred.
5 Years in Prison for Kazakh Jehovah's Witness
Will the US Ever Get a New Central Asia Policy?
May 03, 2017
Will the US Ever Get a New Central Asia Policy?
Probably not. American interests in the region remain fundamentally tied to interests outside the region.
Will the US Ever Get a New Central Asia Policy?
Economic Recovery and Confronting Corruption in Kyrgyzstan
April 21, 2017
Economic Recovery and Confronting Corruption in Kyrgyzstan
As Kyrgyzstan enters a “nascent economic recovery" it will be vitally important for Bishkek to listen to the people.
Economic Recovery and Confronting Corruption in Kyrgyzstan
Is Tajikistan’s Most Famous Militant Gulmurod Khalimov Dead?
April 18, 2017
Is Tajikistan’s Most Famous Militant Gulmurod Khalimov Dead?
Reports say that he was killed in an airstrike on Mosul over the weekend, but he's been declared dead before.
Is Tajikistan’s Most Famous Militant Gulmurod Khalimov Dead?
Kazakhstan Breaks Oil Production Cut Promise
April 14, 2017
Kazakhstan Breaks Oil Production Cut Promise
The promise was symbolic, anyway.
Kazakhstan Breaks Oil Production Cut Promise
After Cancellations and Delays, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan Reopen Air Link
April 12, 2017
After Cancellations and Delays, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan Reopen Air Link
On Tuesday, the first direct commercial flight between the neighboring countries in 25 years landed in Dushanbe.
After Cancellations and Delays, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan Reopen Air Link
From London to Yiwu in 17 Days: OBOR's British Connection
April 12, 2017
From London to Yiwu in 17 Days: OBOR's British Connection
After the westbound train's arrival in January, British officials heralded the launch of the eastbound train this week.
From London to Yiwu in 17 Days: OBOR's British Connection
St. Petersburg and Stockholm Attacks Put Uzbeks in the News
April 11, 2017
St. Petersburg and Stockholm Attacks Put Uzbeks in the News
Two men carried out two attacks, both were Uzbek -- does that matter?
St. Petersburg and Stockholm Attacks Put Uzbeks in the News
What Do Asian Governments Think About the US Strike on Syria?
April 08, 2017
What Do Asian Governments Think About the US Strike on Syria?
A look at what China, Indonesia, Australia, and other Asian states had to say about the strike.
What Do Asian Governments Think About the US Strike on Syria?
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