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Catherine Putz

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. Get in touch with Katie on TwitterLinkedin, or email.

Who Is Skipping the World Nomad Games?
August 26, 2016
Who Is Skipping the World Nomad Games?
The official website lists 53 nations, but Uzbekistan isn't on the list.
Who Is Skipping the World Nomad Games?
Coming Soon to Kazakhstan: Israeli Drones
August 25, 2016
Coming Soon to Kazakhstan: Israeli Drones
Later this year, Israeli PM Netanyahu will visit Astana, further deepening Israeli-Kazakh relations.
Coming Soon to Kazakhstan: Israeli Drones
In Tajikistan, Persecution Is a Family Affair
August 25, 2016
In Tajikistan, Persecution Is a Family Affair
Dushanbe continues to pursue its opponents, targeting their lawyers and families now that the core IRPT is in jail.
In Tajikistan, Persecution Is a Family Affair
Uzbekistan Gears Up to Celebrate Independence... by Shutting the Kyrgyz Border
August 23, 2016
Uzbekistan Gears Up to Celebrate Independence... by Shutting the Kyrgyz Border
Nothing says happy birthday like shutting out the neighbors.
Uzbekistan Gears Up to Celebrate Independence... by Shutting the Kyrgyz Border
Pressure Works: Kazakh Opposition Leader Released on Parole
August 22, 2016
Pressure Works: Kazakh Opposition Leader Released on Parole
Vladimir Kozlov thanked the European Union for its help in pushing for his release.
Pressure Works: Kazakh Opposition Leader Released on Parole
Tajik Opposition Under Threat Behind Bars
August 20, 2016
Tajik Opposition Under Threat Behind Bars
And Kazakhstan continues to wrestle with the wild west nature of the Internet; weekend reads.
Tajik Opposition Under Threat Behind Bars
Kyrgyz Weightlifter First to Lose Rio Olympic Medal for Doping
August 19, 2016
Kyrgyz Weightlifter First to Lose Rio Olympic Medal for Doping
Izzat Artykov tested positive for strychnine, the first athlete caught doping in the 2016 Games.
Kyrgyz Weightlifter First to Lose Rio Olympic Medal for Doping
Nazarbayev the Mediator Sets Sights on Ukraine Crisis
August 18, 2016
Nazarbayev the Mediator Sets Sights on Ukraine Crisis
Crises come and go, but Russia-Kazakhstan remain fast friends.
Nazarbayev the Mediator Sets Sights on Ukraine Crisis
Criminal Gangs Selling Fake Kyrgyz Passports to China's Uyghurs
August 17, 2016
Criminal Gangs Selling Fake Kyrgyz Passports to China's Uyghurs
Local media follow the story of faked travel documents to Osh.
Criminal Gangs Selling Fake Kyrgyz Passports to China's Uyghurs
Migrants Unwelcome: Siberian Region Bans Foreign Workers From Key Jobs
August 17, 2016
Migrants Unwelcome: Siberian Region Bans Foreign Workers From Key Jobs
Meanwhile, fewer Tajiks are traveling to Russia looking for work, already.
Migrants Unwelcome: Siberian Region Bans Foreign Workers From Key Jobs
Afghan National Security Adviser Makes Quiet Visits to Central Asia
August 16, 2016
Afghan National Security Adviser Makes Quiet Visits to Central Asia
Atmar's quiet visits to Dushanbe and Bishkek are a positive sign--but the two regions need to do more than talk.
Afghan National Security Adviser Makes Quiet Visits to Central Asia
Kazakhstan’s Weightlifter Breaks Record at Rio
August 15, 2016
Kazakhstan’s Weightlifter Breaks Record at Rio
His Azeri celebration dance goes viral, but doping cloud hangs over the Kazakh team.
Kazakhstan’s Weightlifter Breaks Record at Rio
How Exactly Did Kazakhstan Help Turkish-Russian Rapprochement Along?
August 13, 2016
How Exactly Did Kazakhstan Help Turkish-Russian Rapprochement Along?
More on Kazakh-Russian relations, troubling constitutional changes brewing in Kyrgyzstan, and a beard story; links.
How Exactly Did Kazakhstan Help Turkish-Russian Rapprochement Along?
Abdullah to Ghani: 'What Does Your Highness Spend Your Time On?'
August 12, 2016
Abdullah to Ghani: 'What Does Your Highness Spend Your Time On?'
The National Unity Government has been anything but unified.
Abdullah to Ghani: 'What Does Your Highness Spend Your Time On?'
Uzbekistan's Amazing Record-Setting Gymnast Takes on Rio
August 11, 2016
Uzbekistan's Amazing Record-Setting Gymnast Takes on Rio
Oksana Chusovitina is the first gymnast in Olympic history to appear in seven Games.
Uzbekistan's Amazing Record-Setting Gymnast Takes on Rio
2 Stories That Explain Turkmenistan's Absurdity
August 11, 2016
2 Stories That Explain Turkmenistan's Absurdity
The phrase “fiddling while Rome burns” may be an appropriate aphorism for Ashgabat.
2 Stories That Explain Turkmenistan's Absurdity
American University of Afghanistan Faculty Kidnapped at Gunpoint in Kabul
August 10, 2016
American University of Afghanistan Faculty Kidnapped at Gunpoint in Kabul
No group has claimed the kidnapping of an American and an Australian, both faculty members at AUAF.
American University of Afghanistan Faculty Kidnapped at Gunpoint in Kabul
Russia-Turkey Relations: Back on Track?
August 10, 2016
Russia-Turkey Relations: Back on Track?
Erdogan's first trip abroad following the July 15 coup attempt was to Russia to patch up relations.
Russia-Turkey Relations: Back on Track?
The Belarus Trap: Former Journalist Faces Forced Return to Turkmenistan
August 09, 2016
The Belarus Trap: Former Journalist Faces Forced Return to Turkmenistan
While Belarus isn’t willing to extradite all rogue Central Asians, Chary Annamuradov might be one of the unlucky ones.
The Belarus Trap: Former Journalist Faces Forced Return to Turkmenistan
Kazakhstan Hacks Back: Operation Manul and Astana’s Pursuit of Dissidents
August 08, 2016
Kazakhstan Hacks Back: Operation Manul and Astana’s Pursuit of Dissidents
Researchers say Kazakhstan, using an Indian security company, has carried its pursuit of opponents from the physical realm into the digital.
Kazakhstan Hacks Back: Operation Manul and Astana’s Pursuit of Dissidents
Kazakhstan's Nazarbayev First World Leader to Visit Post-Coup Turkey
August 06, 2016
Kazakhstan's Nazarbayev First World Leader to Visit Post-Coup Turkey
Nazarbayev is the first world leader to pay Turkish President Erdogan a visit following last month's coup attempt.
Kazakhstan's Nazarbayev First World Leader to Visit Post-Coup Turkey
A New Day for US-Central Asia Relations?
August 04, 2016
A New Day for US-Central Asia Relations?
Washington needs to clarify how new C5+1 projects either build on or differ from previous endeavors.
A New Day for US-Central Asia Relations?
Tajik Government Denies Blocking News Websites
August 04, 2016
Tajik Government Denies Blocking News Websites
No stray bullets yet.
Tajik Government Denies Blocking News Websites
5 Central Asian Foreign Ministers Convene in Washington
August 03, 2016
5 Central Asian Foreign Ministers Convene in Washington
The C5+1 is Washington's latest attempt at making diplomatic progress, of any kind, in Central Asia.
5 Central Asian Foreign Ministers Convene in Washington
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