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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.

With Political Storm Brewing, Kyrgyz President Heads to Moscow Hospital
September 23, 2016
With Political Storm Brewing, Kyrgyz President Heads to Moscow Hospital
Atambayev reportedly experienced heart problems en route to New York and detoured to Turkey. Now he's in Moscow.
With Political Storm Brewing, Kyrgyz President Heads to Moscow Hospital
Turkmenistan’s Potemkin Airport
September 22, 2016
Turkmenistan’s Potemkin Airport
To usher its few tourists to their Potemkin resorts.
Turkmenistan’s Potemkin Airport
Eurasian Economic Union's First External FTA to Come into Force
September 21, 2016
Eurasian Economic Union's First External FTA to Come into Force
It's a little misleading, Vietnam started negotiating the agreement in 2013--before the EEU existed.
Eurasian Economic Union's First External FTA to Come into Force
Tajik Authorities Seek Long Prison Terms for IRPT Lawyers
September 20, 2016
Tajik Authorities Seek Long Prison Terms for IRPT Lawyers
Meanwhile, in Geneva Tajikistan's human rights record will be up for discussion.
Tajik Authorities Seek Long Prison Terms for IRPT Lawyers
Memorializing (and Avoiding) the Great Urkun in Kyrgyzstan
September 19, 2016
Memorializing (and Avoiding) the Great Urkun in Kyrgyzstan
“The Tsar wanted to kill everyone. We were saved by Lenin.”
Memorializing (and Avoiding) the Great Urkun in Kyrgyzstan
Spectacle and Sport at the World Nomad Games
September 17, 2016
Spectacle and Sport at the World Nomad Games
A week of earnest competition, friendly contests, and a full-on Central Asian Burning Man-like festival.
Spectacle and Sport at the World Nomad Games
Is Everything Going as Planned in Uzbekistan?
September 16, 2016
Is Everything Going as Planned in Uzbekistan?
There’s been no succession war, but the transition doesn’t change economic reality. Uzbekistan-themed weekend reads.
Is Everything Going as Planned in Uzbekistan?
Commonwealth of Independent States Gather for Jubilee Summit
September 16, 2016
Commonwealth of Independent States Gather for Jubilee Summit
Sometimes the jubilee you planned for isn’t the jubilee you get.
Commonwealth of Independent States Gather for Jubilee Summit
Corruption in Afghanistan: How to Hold Onto Lessons Learned?
September 16, 2016
Corruption in Afghanistan: How to Hold Onto Lessons Learned?
A new SIGAR report highlights what the U.S. government shouldn’t forget about fighting corruption.
Corruption in Afghanistan: How to Hold Onto Lessons Learned?
Assessing Tajikistan's Growth Potential
September 14, 2016
Assessing Tajikistan's Growth Potential
Dushanbe is hamstrung by lack of international investor confidence, a result of perceived instability and corruption.
Assessing Tajikistan's Growth Potential
Russian, Tajik, Chinese 'Traces' on Bishkek Embassy Bombing
September 14, 2016
Russian, Tajik, Chinese 'Traces' on Bishkek Embassy Bombing
The August 30 attack on the Chinese Embassy in Bishkek was reportedly funded from abroad.
Russian, Tajik, Chinese 'Traces' on Bishkek Embassy Bombing
Steppe Shuffles: Kazakhstan’s Government Rearranged
September 14, 2016
Steppe Shuffles: Kazakhstan’s Government Rearranged
Same faces in slightly different places: decoding Astana's new government.
Steppe Shuffles: Kazakhstan’s Government Rearranged
To Tweet or Not to Tweet: How Did Kazakhstan's PM Lose His Job?
September 10, 2016
To Tweet or Not to Tweet: How Did Kazakhstan's PM Lose His Job?
Massimov’s Twitter feed was about as boring as possible, but was it drawing too much attention?
To Tweet or Not to Tweet: How Did Kazakhstan's PM Lose His Job?
American Cowboys in Kyrgyzstan
September 07, 2016
American Cowboys in Kyrgyzstan
“Let’s go play a game we’ve never played, in a language we don’t understand, where you could possibly die."
American Cowboys in Kyrgyzstan
The World Nomad Games: Part Olympics, Part Burning Man
September 06, 2016
The World Nomad Games: Part Olympics, Part Burning Man
“If Genghis Khan were alive, he’d be here.”
The World Nomad Games: Part Olympics, Part Burning Man
The Smooth Road Through Boom Gorge
September 03, 2016
The Smooth Road Through Boom Gorge
The road is smooth, for the most part, and cleared just in time.
The Smooth Road Through Boom Gorge
Islam Karimov Is Dead, Long Live Islam Karimov
September 02, 2016
Islam Karimov Is Dead, Long Live Islam Karimov
Signs point to a funeral tomorrow. Who will show up?
Islam Karimov Is Dead, Long Live Islam Karimov
Independence Day in Kyrgyzstan Marred by Tragedy, Terror, and Politicking
September 01, 2016
Independence Day in Kyrgyzstan Marred by Tragedy, Terror, and Politicking
The country's 25th Independence anniversary was not quite the patriotic fanfare that could have been expected.
Independence Day in Kyrgyzstan Marred by Tragedy, Terror, and Politicking
Suicide Attack on Chinese Embassy in Kyrgyzstan
August 30, 2016
Suicide Attack on Chinese Embassy in Kyrgyzstan
A car rammed the embassy's gate and detonated a bomb inside the compound. Three Kyrgyz workers were injured.
Suicide Attack on Chinese Embassy in Kyrgyzstan
14 Kyrgyz Die in Moscow Warehouse Fire
August 30, 2016
14 Kyrgyz Die in Moscow Warehouse Fire
A day of mourning in Bishkek sadly won't change working conditions in Moscow.
14 Kyrgyz Die in Moscow Warehouse Fire
Finishing the Bishkek-Manas Road
August 29, 2016
Finishing the Bishkek-Manas Road
With a late summer influx of visitors expected, one of Kyrgyzstan's most important roads is just barely finished.
Finishing the Bishkek-Manas Road
Succession Question Looms Larger Than Ever as Uzbek Government Confirms President Hospitalized
August 29, 2016
Succession Question Looms Larger Than Ever as Uzbek Government Confirms President Hospitalized
Confirming Karimov's hospitalization is big news. Tashkent has never before admitted the president could be in ill-health.
Succession Question Looms Larger Than Ever as Uzbek Government Confirms President Hospitalized
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
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