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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.

Coup Attempt Clears Way for Turkish-Russian Rapprochement
July 27, 2016
Coup Attempt Clears Way for Turkish-Russian Rapprochement
Turkey has radically revised its position on why a Russian jet was shot down last year, much to Moscow's appreciation.
Coup Attempt Clears Way for Turkish-Russian Rapprochement
19 Murdered in Rare Mass Killing in Japan
July 26, 2016
19 Murdered in Rare Mass Killing in Japan
Japan has one of the world's lowest homicide rates, making the attack at a center for disabled adults deeply shocking.
19 Murdered in Rare Mass Killing in Japan
Afghanistan’s Biggest Problem: Relations with Pakistan
July 26, 2016
Afghanistan’s Biggest Problem: Relations with Pakistan
The Af-Pak rapprochement is long dead as Ghani repeats call for Pakistan to deal with militant sanctuaries.
Afghanistan’s Biggest Problem: Relations with Pakistan
Turkish Targeting of Gülen Movement Reaches into Central Asia
July 25, 2016
Turkish Targeting of Gülen Movement Reaches into Central Asia
Turkey to Kyrgyzstan: "If you do not change the attitude to them, then we will change the attitude to you."
Turkish Targeting of Gülen Movement Reaches into Central Asia
Donald Trump’s Whataboutism
July 22, 2016
Donald Trump’s Whataboutism
If the US waits for utopia to argue in favor of liberty abroad, it will never happen.
Donald Trump’s Whataboutism
After New Doping Report, Russia Faces Possible Full Rio Ban
July 20, 2016
After New Doping Report, Russia Faces Possible Full Rio Ban
New report details massive State-run scheme to pass dirty athletes off as clean.
After New Doping Report, Russia Faces Possible Full Rio Ban
Tajikistan: The Eurasian Economic Union’s Next Member?
July 19, 2016
Tajikistan: The Eurasian Economic Union’s Next Member?
Long rumored and rumored still, Dushanbe is reportedly exploring joining the EEU.
Tajikistan: The Eurasian Economic Union’s Next Member?
6 Dead in Police Station Attack in Almaty
July 18, 2016
6 Dead in Police Station Attack in Almaty
The incident in Kazakhstan's old capital is being described as terrorism, though there are many unanswered questions.
6 Dead in Police Station Attack in Almaty
Speaking of the South China Sea: International Law, Arbitrals, and Central Asia
July 16, 2016
Speaking of the South China Sea: International Law, Arbitrals, and Central Asia
Also Uzbek militants and Tajikistan forgot the insulin; weekend reads.
Speaking of the South China Sea: International Law, Arbitrals, and Central Asia
Kazakh-Russian Space Cooperation Muddles Forward
July 15, 2016
Kazakh-Russian Space Cooperation Muddles Forward
A lot can happen between now and 2050, bu don't expect the Russians to leave Baikonur any time soon.
Kazakh-Russian Space Cooperation Muddles Forward
Kepel vs Roy: Arguing About Islam and Radicalization
July 14, 2016
Kepel vs Roy: Arguing About Islam and Radicalization
Why the Roy vs. Kepel argument matters for Central Asia.
Kepel vs Roy: Arguing About Islam and Radicalization
Merkel in Kyrgyzstan, Activists Urge Pressure on Askarov Case
July 13, 2016
Merkel in Kyrgyzstan, Activists Urge Pressure on Askarov Case
Meanwhile, UN Human Rights Committee reaffirms call for Askarov’s release.
Merkel in Kyrgyzstan, Activists Urge Pressure on Askarov Case
Kyrgyz Supreme Court Punts Askarov Decision
July 12, 2016
Kyrgyz Supreme Court Punts Askarov Decision
The court overturned Azimjon Askarov’s life sentence but sent his case back to the oblast for a retrial; no release.
Kyrgyz Supreme Court Punts Askarov Decision
A Legal Litmus Test: Azimjon Askarov Hearing Begins in Kyrgyzstan
July 12, 2016
A Legal Litmus Test: Azimjon Askarov Hearing Begins in Kyrgyzstan
In Kyrgyzstan, a flashpoint case puts the country’s judicial system and political progress on display.
A Legal Litmus Test: Azimjon Askarov Hearing Begins in Kyrgyzstan
Kingpin or Coup-Maker: Kazakhstan’s Case Against Toktar Tuleshov
July 11, 2016
Kingpin or Coup-Maker: Kazakhstan’s Case Against Toktar Tuleshov
It’s a fantastic story, with movie-quality plot twists, but does it actually explain reality?
Kingpin or Coup-Maker: Kazakhstan’s Case Against Toktar Tuleshov
Digging Into Stalin's Secrets
July 09, 2016
Digging Into Stalin's Secrets
Kazakhstan's convincing national narrative, Atambayev's music debut, a fascinating story tying the steppe to Hawaii; weekend reads.
Digging Into Stalin's Secrets
Air Astana Introduces New Almaty-Tehran Route
July 08, 2016
Air Astana Introduces New Almaty-Tehran Route
Kazakhstan looks to expand tourism ties to Iran.
Air Astana Introduces New Almaty-Tehran Route
Cotton and Loans: Bad Business in Uzbekistan
July 07, 2016
Cotton and Loans: Bad Business in Uzbekistan
A complaint against an IFC project sheds light on the opaque financial systems underlying Uzbekistan's cotton industry.
Cotton and Loans: Bad Business in Uzbekistan
The Gulnara Corruption Saga: Dutch Seek 300 Million Euros in Assets
July 07, 2016
The Gulnara Corruption Saga: Dutch Seek 300 Million Euros in Assets
Dutch prosecutors are seeking to seize more than 300 million euros worth of assets linked to Gulnara Karimova.
The Gulnara Corruption Saga: Dutch Seek 300 Million Euros in Assets
Kazakhstan Gets Thanks for Russia-Turkey Rapprochement
July 06, 2016
Kazakhstan Gets Thanks for Russia-Turkey Rapprochement
Turkish leaders have thanked both Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan for helping bring the two states back together.
Kazakhstan Gets Thanks for Russia-Turkey Rapprochement
Chevron and Kazakhstan Hail $36.8 Billion Tengiz Expansion
July 05, 2016
Chevron and Kazakhstan Hail $36.8 Billion Tengiz Expansion
The investment looks to capitalize on lower costs and bet on future demand.
Chevron and Kazakhstan Hail $36.8 Billion Tengiz Expansion
No News Is Terrible News in Turkmenistan
July 01, 2016
No News Is Terrible News in Turkmenistan
Saparmamed Nepeskuliev, a freelance journalist detained last summer, hasn’t been heard from since September 2015
No News Is Terrible News in Turkmenistan
Here Come the Stereotypes: Central Asians Implicated in Istanbul Attack
July 01, 2016
Here Come the Stereotypes: Central Asians Implicated in Istanbul Attack
Turkish authorities have identified the three attackers as citizens of Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Uzbekistan.
Here Come the Stereotypes: Central Asians Implicated in Istanbul Attack
Forced Labor Remains Endemic in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan
July 01, 2016
Forced Labor Remains Endemic in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan
The two countries were downgraded in the U.S. State Department's annual Trafficking in Persons report.
Forced Labor Remains Endemic in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan
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