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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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Turkmenistan: The Fool’s Golden Age
December 08, 2016
Turkmenistan: The Fool’s Golden Age
An IMF mission to the country says it "would be helpful" if the state explained its policies to citizens.
Turkmenistan: The Fool’s Golden Age
With Surprise Visa-Free Travel Plan, Is Uzbekistan 'Open for Business'?
December 07, 2016
With Surprise Visa-Free Travel Plan, Is Uzbekistan 'Open for Business'?
Central Asia watchers were genuinely surprised by the decision, and cautiously hopeful.
With Surprise Visa-Free Travel Plan, Is Uzbekistan 'Open for Business'?
Kazakhstan Jails Another Citizen for Separatist Comments Online
December 07, 2016
Kazakhstan Jails Another Citizen for Separatist Comments Online
Controversial, and insulting, posts on social media have landed another Kazakh in jail.
Kazakhstan Jails Another Citizen for Separatist Comments Online
Japanese PM Shinzo Abe to Make Historic Visit to Pearl Harbor
December 06, 2016
Japanese PM Shinzo Abe to Make Historic Visit to Pearl Harbor
In the twilight of Obama's presidency, Abe will be the first sitting Japanese leader to visit Pearl Harbor.
Japanese PM Shinzo Abe to Make Historic Visit to Pearl Harbor
To the Victor Go the Spoils? Uzbekistan’s New President and the Fate of $850 Million
December 06, 2016
To the Victor Go the Spoils? Uzbekistan’s New President and the Fate of $850 Million
Shavkat Mirziyoyev is the new Uzbek president, but experts caution against celebrating surface-level reforms too soon.
To the Victor Go the Spoils? Uzbekistan’s New President and the Fate of $850 Million
A Karimov-less Election in Uzbekistan
December 03, 2016
A Karimov-less Election in Uzbekistan
Also, unpacking a (fake) Kyrgyz scandal, visiting a Kazakh shaman, and Turkmenistan’s economy; recommended reads
A Karimov-less Election in Uzbekistan
Did Afghanistan's Vice President Abduct a Rival?
December 02, 2016
Did Afghanistan's Vice President Abduct a Rival?
Witness says the Afghan VP beat up Ahmed Ishchi and kidnapped him; but Ishchi is apparently in NDS hands now.
Did Afghanistan's Vice President Abduct a Rival?
What to Expect from Uzbekistan's Presidential Election
December 02, 2016
What to Expect from Uzbekistan's Presidential Election
More of the same, but with a new face.
What to Expect from Uzbekistan's Presidential Election
Taliban Pledge to Protect Infrastructure Projects
December 01, 2016
Taliban Pledge to Protect Infrastructure Projects
The Taliban say they are "committed to safeguarding" national infrastructure projects like CASA-1000 and TAPI.
Taliban Pledge to Protect Infrastructure Projects
Tajikistan Revokes Journalists' Accreditation For Reporting Facts
November 30, 2016
Tajikistan Revokes Journalists' Accreditation For Reporting Facts
RFE/RL’s Tajik Service reported facts listed on a government website and was punished for it.
Tajikistan Revokes Journalists' Accreditation For Reporting Facts
Power Struggle Continues Inside Afghan Government
November 29, 2016
Power Struggle Continues Inside Afghan Government
With all this politicking, it’s easy to see why Afghans and Afghanistan’s allies alike are frustrated and confused.
Power Struggle Continues Inside Afghan Government
Terror and Protest: 2 Trials End in Kazakhstan
November 29, 2016
Terror and Protest: 2 Trials End in Kazakhstan
As Astana faces its 25th independence anniversary, Kazakhstan has some introspection to do on its much-touted unity.
Terror and Protest: 2 Trials End in Kazakhstan
Long-Held Political Prisoner to Be Released in Uzbekistan
November 26, 2016
Long-Held Political Prisoner to Be Released in Uzbekistan
After more than 23 years, Samandar Qoqonov is to be released from jail.
Long-Held Political Prisoner to Be Released in Uzbekistan
Who Are Central Asia's Exiles?
November 24, 2016
Who Are Central Asia's Exiles?
A new database pools information about political exiles pursued across borders by the states of Central Asia
Who Are Central Asia's Exiles?
What’s the Mish-Mish on Gulnara Karimova?
November 23, 2016
What’s the Mish-Mish on Gulnara Karimova?
An anonymous source says she's dead, another anonymous source says she's alive.
What’s the Mish-Mish on Gulnara Karimova?
Suicide Blast at Shia Mosque in Kabul Kills Over 30
November 21, 2016
Suicide Blast at Shia Mosque in Kabul Kills Over 30
The target and timing suggests the Islamic State's local affiliate is responsible, aiming to stoke sectarianism.
Suicide Blast at Shia Mosque in Kabul Kills Over 30
Building Collapse an Ill-Omen for Kazakh EXPO 2017
November 19, 2016
Building Collapse an Ill-Omen for Kazakh EXPO 2017
Also, a lucrative apartment sale in Manhattan and China’s Central Asian belt.
Building Collapse an Ill-Omen for Kazakh EXPO 2017
Kyrgyzstan Gripes About EEU Access
November 18, 2016
Kyrgyzstan Gripes About EEU Access
Meanwhile, the EEU's leader, Russia, pushes for more FTAs.
Kyrgyzstan Gripes About EEU Access
Bribes, Bad MPs, and Whistleblowers: Analyzing Public Perceptions of Corruption in Eurasia
November 17, 2016
Bribes, Bad MPs, and Whistleblowers: Analyzing Public Perceptions of Corruption in Eurasia
A new report details public perceptions and experiences with corruption.
Bribes, Bad MPs, and Whistleblowers: Analyzing Public Perceptions of Corruption in Eurasia
Slight Improvements in 'Monetary Welfare' in Tajikistan
November 16, 2016
Slight Improvements in 'Monetary Welfare' in Tajikistan
A World Bank survey program finds small improvements in well-being in Tajikistan, but remittances remain an issue.
Slight Improvements in 'Monetary Welfare' in Tajikistan
Afghan Parliament Goes on a Firing Spree
November 15, 2016
Afghan Parliament Goes on a Firing Spree
A government with legitimacy crisis, a parliament with a grudge, and headless ministries are a recipe for disaster.
Afghan Parliament Goes on a Firing Spree
Atambayev Targets Political Opposition with Corruption Allegations
November 15, 2016
Atambayev Targets Political Opposition with Corruption Allegations
One has to ask: What would Central Asia news be without telecom scandals?
Atambayev Targets Political Opposition with Corruption Allegations
EU Moves Uzbek Textile Deal Forward
November 11, 2016
EU Moves Uzbek Textile Deal Forward
After 5 years, the EU-Uzbekistan Textile Protocol is headed to a vote in December.
EU Moves Uzbek Textile Deal Forward
Trump Election Kills TPP
November 11, 2016
Trump Election Kills TPP
President-elect Donald Trump promises to roll back free trade, starting with aborting TPP and killing NAFTA.
Trump Election Kills TPP
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