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Catherine Putz

Catherine (Katie) Putz is the special projects editor for 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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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
Uzbekistan Postpones Grand Opening: Visa Changes Delayed Until 2021
January 09, 2017
Uzbekistan Postpones Grand Opening: Visa Changes Delayed Until 2021
A previously heralded visa liberalization has been punted to 2021.
Uzbekistan Postpones Grand Opening: Visa Changes Delayed Until 2021
Jumping to Conclusions: Erroneous Claims of Kyrgyz Attacker in Istanbul's Reina Club Attack
January 04, 2017
Jumping to Conclusions: Erroneous Claims of Kyrgyz Attacker in Istanbul's Reina Club Attack
A Kyrgyz man was falsely identified as the gunman who killed 39 at an Istanbul nightclub.
Jumping to Conclusions: Erroneous Claims of Kyrgyz Attacker in Istanbul's Reina Club Attack
Kazakh Shuffles: 2 Ministers Dismissed, 1 Reportedly Under Investigation
December 31, 2016
Kazakh Shuffles: 2 Ministers Dismissed, 1 Reportedly Under Investigation
Idrissov is headed back to London, as Astana gears up to host Syria talks and takes up a seat on the UN Security Council.
Kazakh Shuffles: 2 Ministers Dismissed, 1 Reportedly Under Investigation
US Unveils New Sanctions on Russia for Hacking
December 30, 2016
US Unveils New Sanctions on Russia for Hacking
The measures put President-elect Donald Trump in an awkward position.
US Unveils New Sanctions on Russia for Hacking
A Look Back at Central Asia in 2016
December 29, 2016
A Look Back at Central Asia in 2016
Accountability is good in governments and editors, a look back at my 2016 Central Asia Outlook
A Look Back at Central Asia in 2016
Kazakh Man Given 3 Years for Insulting Putin
December 28, 2016
Kazakh Man Given 3 Years for Insulting Putin
Three years in a penal colony for calling Putin a fascist; no wonder no one insults Nazarbayev.
Kazakh Man Given 3 Years for Insulting Putin
Eurasian Economic Union: A Customs Code and a Kyrgyz Dilemma
December 28, 2016
Eurasian Economic Union: A Customs Code and a Kyrgyz Dilemma
Kyrgyz approve EEU Customs Code, except for the part on the development of trade and economic policy.
Eurasian Economic Union: A Customs Code and a Kyrgyz Dilemma
The Soviet Union’s Collapse and Russia’s Colonial Legacy
December 24, 2016
The Soviet Union’s Collapse and Russia’s Colonial Legacy
The USSR’s collapse; don’t say ‘colony’; hope for an Uzbek glasnost; and more. Recommended reads.
The Soviet Union’s Collapse and Russia’s Colonial Legacy
Tajikistan is Very Optimistic About Energy
December 23, 2016
Tajikistan is Very Optimistic About Energy
President Emomali Rahmon’s hopeful tone belies reality and history.
Tajikistan is Very Optimistic About Energy
Japan's Asahi Spends $7.8 Billion, Moving into Eastern European Beer Market
December 20, 2016
Japan's Asahi Spends $7.8 Billion, Moving into Eastern European Beer Market
AB InBev and SABMiller have sold a host of brands to make way for their merging, and Japan's Asahi seeks to profit.
Japan's Asahi Spends $7.8 Billion, Moving into Eastern European Beer Market
Russian Ambassador Assassinated in Ankara
December 20, 2016
Russian Ambassador Assassinated in Ankara
The shocking killing of the Russian Ambassador has unclear ramifications.
Russian Ambassador Assassinated in Ankara
Kyrgyz Government Reverses Registration Law
December 19, 2016
Kyrgyz Government Reverses Registration Law
Citizens of 92 countries are exempt from registering for various periods between eight and 90 days.
Kyrgyz Government Reverses Registration Law
Turkey Says Kazakhstan Will Host Syria Peace Talks
December 17, 2016
Turkey Says Kazakhstan Will Host Syria Peace Talks
A discussion of donkeyness, what’s next for Rustam Azimov, and Central Asia at 25.
Turkey Says Kazakhstan Will Host Syria Peace Talks
1986: Kazakhstan's Other Independence Anniversary
December 16, 2016
1986: Kazakhstan's Other Independence Anniversary
In 1986, student protesters crowded the streets of Almaty and were suppressed by Soviet authorities.
1986: Kazakhstan's Other Independence Anniversary
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