The Diplomat
Authors
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, Afghanistan, and security topics.

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.

After Anthrax Outbreak in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan Tightens Border Controls
June 28, 2016
After Anthrax Outbreak in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan Tightens Border Controls
Two in central Kazakhstan died recently after eating beef infected with anthrax.
After Anthrax Outbreak in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan Tightens Border Controls
What Is China and Russia's 'Eternal Friendship' Worth?
June 27, 2016
What Is China and Russia's 'Eternal Friendship' Worth?
Despite attesting to their closeness and political alignment, hard economic returns are a long time coming.
What Is China and Russia's 'Eternal Friendship' Worth?
How Important Is China to Central Asia?
June 24, 2016
How Important Is China to Central Asia?
Putin has big Eurasian dreams and more on the SCO; recommended reads.
How Important Is China to Central Asia?
What’s Happening at the 2016 SCO Summit in Uzbekistan? Depends On Who You Ask
June 24, 2016
What’s Happening at the 2016 SCO Summit in Uzbekistan? Depends On Who You Ask
In the end, the Shanghai Spirit is still just a flimsy ghost.
What’s Happening at the 2016 SCO Summit in Uzbekistan? Depends On Who You Ask
Promise and Problems in Kyrgyzstan’s Courts
June 23, 2016
Promise and Problems in Kyrgyzstan’s Courts
The Kyrgyz Supreme Court set a date to reconsider the case of Azimjon Askarov.
Promise and Problems in Kyrgyzstan’s Courts
Russia (Not Completely) Banned from Rio
June 22, 2016
Russia (Not Completely) Banned from Rio
Russians may run to glory at the Rio Games, just not under their country’s flag.
Russia (Not Completely) Banned from Rio
Kazakhstani Narratives About Aktobe Solidify
June 17, 2016
Kazakhstani Narratives About Aktobe Solidify
Kyrgyzstan's mine headache, European and Eurasian integration, timekeeping in the Pamirs; weekend reads.
Kazakhstani Narratives About Aktobe Solidify
Sports Doping Scandal Hits Kazakhstan
June 17, 2016
Sports Doping Scandal Hits Kazakhstan
Four gold-medal winning Kazakh weightlifters have been suspended after tests indicated steroid use at the 2012 Olympics.
Sports Doping Scandal Hits Kazakhstan
US Aims to Increase Funding for Alternative Media Sources in Central Asia
June 16, 2016
US Aims to Increase Funding for Alternative Media Sources in Central Asia
The US State Department wants to counteract “Russia’s well-financed propaganda machine.”
US Aims to Increase Funding for Alternative Media Sources in Central Asia
Uzbekistan Prepares for SCO Summit by Closing Its Borders
June 15, 2016
Uzbekistan Prepares for SCO Summit by Closing Its Borders
As a security measure, Uzbekistan has reportedly closed its borders with Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan.
Uzbekistan Prepares for SCO Summit by Closing Its Borders
Washington’s Budgets for Central Asia Grow
June 14, 2016
Washington’s Budgets for Central Asia Grow
But the tension between security and human rights hamstrings U.S. policy.
Washington’s Budgets for Central Asia Grow
Lawyer of Jailed Tajik Opposition Politician Dies
June 13, 2016
Lawyer of Jailed Tajik Opposition Politician Dies
Ishoq Tabarov’s two sons are in jail on charges rights advocates say were brought specifically to pressure their father.
Lawyer of Jailed Tajik Opposition Politician Dies
After Aktobe Attacks, Many Questions Remain
June 10, 2016
After Aktobe Attacks, Many Questions Remain
Astana is looking abroad for demons to blame for the violence last weekend.
After Aktobe Attacks, Many Questions Remain
Kazakhstan Takes Delivery of (Free) Russian S-300 Missile Defense Systems
June 09, 2016
Kazakhstan Takes Delivery of (Free) Russian S-300 Missile Defense Systems
Moscow has plans for a region-wide air defense system.
Kazakhstan Takes Delivery of (Free) Russian S-300 Missile Defense Systems
2 Kyrgyz Human Rights Activists Sue President Atambayev
June 09, 2016
2 Kyrgyz Human Rights Activists Sue President Atambayev
Tolekan Ismailova and Aziza Abdyrasulova are getting their day in court.
2 Kyrgyz Human Rights Activists Sue President Atambayev
Nazarbayev Speaks: Warns of a Color Revolution in Kazakhstan
June 09, 2016
Nazarbayev Speaks: Warns of a Color Revolution in Kazakhstan
The Kazakh president blamed instigators from abroad for recent violence and protests.
Nazarbayev Speaks: Warns of a Color Revolution in Kazakhstan
Russian Defense Minister Visits Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan
June 08, 2016
Russian Defense Minister Visits Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan
Sergei Shoigu embodies Moscow's concerns about whether Central Asia can manage security, internally and on its periphery.
Russian Defense Minister Visits Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan
Kazakhstan: Accused Coup Makers, Attacks, and Silence at the Top
June 07, 2016
Kazakhstan: Accused Coup Makers, Attacks, and Silence at the Top
“The head of the state is maintaining this issue under his control.”
Kazakhstan: Accused Coup Makers, Attacks, and Silence at the Top
Gazprom Plans $1.5 Billion Investment in Kyrgyz Gas Pipelines
June 07, 2016
Gazprom Plans $1.5 Billion Investment in Kyrgyz Gas Pipelines
Russian PM Medvedev's visit underscored strong Kyrgyzstan-Russia relations, perhaps smoothing recent frustrations.
Gazprom Plans $1.5 Billion Investment in Kyrgyz Gas Pipelines
Kazakh Authorities Blame Aktobe Violence on 'Radical, Non-Traditional Religious Movements'
June 06, 2016
Kazakh Authorities Blame Aktobe Violence on 'Radical, Non-Traditional Religious Movements'
After shoot-outs at two gun shops in Aktobe, attackers stole a bus and rammed the gates of a National Guard base.
Kazakh Authorities Blame Aktobe Violence on 'Radical, Non-Traditional Religious Movements'
Central Asia's Sports Obsession: Leave the Beard Behind, Please
June 04, 2016
Central Asia's Sports Obsession: Leave the Beard Behind, Please
More protests in Kazakhstan, sports in Turkmenistan, and Kumtor back in the news; recommended reads.
Central Asia's Sports Obsession: Leave the Beard Behind, Please
Despite Trump's Rhetoric, GOP Senators Try to Reassure South Korea
June 03, 2016
Despite Trump's Rhetoric, GOP Senators Try to Reassure South Korea
Reassuring allies in the face of Donald Trump’s presumptive nomination to the Republican presidential ticket is not easy.
Despite Trump's Rhetoric, GOP Senators Try to Reassure South Korea
Top Opposition Leaders Given Life Sentences in Tajikistan
June 02, 2016
Top Opposition Leaders Given Life Sentences in Tajikistan
A dozen other IRPT leaders were given between two and 28 years.
Top Opposition Leaders Given Life Sentences in Tajikistan
Kazakhstan to Get New Helicopters in 2016
June 02, 2016
Kazakhstan to Get New Helicopters in 2016
Kazakhstan gets some good news from Russia.
Kazakhstan to Get New Helicopters in 2016
Newsletter
Sign up for our weekly newsletter
The Diplomat Brief