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Catherine Putz

Catherine (Katie) Putz is managing editor of 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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Afghanistan: All That Glitters Is Not Gold
July 27, 2017
Afghanistan: All That Glitters Is Not Gold
There's a reason Afghanistan's resource wealth remains untapped.
Afghanistan: All That Glitters Is Not Gold
China and Russia in Central Asia: Rivalries and Resonance
July 27, 2017
China and Russia in Central Asia: Rivalries and Resonance
Finding the balance in the long-term between rivalry and resonance may be difficult for Beijing and Moscow.
China and Russia in Central Asia: Rivalries and Resonance
Coming in 2018? A New Latin-Based Kazakh Alphabet
July 26, 2017
Coming in 2018? A New Latin-Based Kazakh Alphabet
Astana has been floating the idea of switching to a Latin-based alphabet for more than a decade.
Coming in 2018? A New Latin-Based Kazakh Alphabet
Hijab Hubbub: Tajikistan Sets Up Commission to Combat 'Alien' Clothing
July 26, 2017
Hijab Hubbub: Tajikistan Sets Up Commission to Combat 'Alien' Clothing
The commission will be taking “Tajik traditions” and “modern” life into consideration in promoting "appropriate" clothing.
Hijab Hubbub: Tajikistan Sets Up Commission to Combat 'Alien' Clothing
Atambayev Talks: Hydro-Scandals, Bakiyevs, and Politics
July 24, 2017
Atambayev Talks: Hydro-Scandals, Bakiyevs, and Politics
In a lengthy press conference, Kyrgyzstan's president answers questions on scandals past and present.
Atambayev Talks: Hydro-Scandals, Bakiyevs, and Politics
Hired: Tajik President's Daughter Lands Deputy Post at a Major Bank
July 21, 2017
Hired: Tajik President's Daughter Lands Deputy Post at a Major Bank
Better to hire a Rahmon, than anger one.
Hired: Tajik President's Daughter Lands Deputy Post at a Major Bank
Tajikistan Turns Up Heat on Families of Political Dissidents
July 20, 2017
Tajikistan Turns Up Heat on Families of Political Dissidents
Dushanbe is always watching.
Tajikistan Turns Up Heat on Families of Political Dissidents
Where in the World is Abdul Rashid Dostum?
July 18, 2017
Where in the World is Abdul Rashid Dostum?
After being turned away from Mazar-i-Sharif and refusing to land in Kabul, a plane carrying Dostum reportedly landed in Ashgabat.
Where in the World is Abdul Rashid Dostum?
Did a Czech Company Just Sign on to Complete Kyrgyzstan's Hydropower Projects?
July 17, 2017
Did a Czech Company Just Sign on to Complete Kyrgyzstan's Hydropower Projects?
The Kyrgyz say so, but Czech media says the company -- Liglass Trading -- is unknown.
Did a Czech Company Just Sign on to Complete Kyrgyzstan's Hydropower Projects?
A Central Asian President's Guide to Getting Published
July 14, 2017
A Central Asian President's Guide to Getting Published
An important building block in any cult of personality is a whole shelf of laudatory texts.
A Central Asian President's Guide to Getting Published
Kabul's Dostum Problem
July 13, 2017
Kabul's Dostum Problem
Whether Dostum is convicted or not, there will be anger and accusations that the rule of law has been cheated.
Kabul's Dostum Problem
Tajikistan and Central Asia's Culture Wars
July 12, 2017
Tajikistan and Central Asia's Culture Wars
There’s no unweaving history’s tapestry in Central Asia.
Tajikistan and Central Asia's Culture Wars
Does Kazakhstan's New Law on Revoking Citizenship Matter?
July 12, 2017
Does Kazakhstan's New Law on Revoking Citizenship Matter?
International law frowns on creating stateless persons, but Astana's irritating exiles can afford to buy new passports.
Does Kazakhstan's New Law on Revoking Citizenship Matter?
No Strategy, No Winning: McCain on Trump's Afghanistan Mess
July 11, 2017
No Strategy, No Winning: McCain on Trump's Afghanistan Mess
"And, you know, we all know what the problem is. It's in the White House."
No Strategy, No Winning: McCain on Trump's Afghanistan Mess
Uzbekistan’s Changing Rogun Tone
July 10, 2017
Uzbekistan’s Changing Rogun Tone
Without Karimov's bombast about Rogun, Tashkent is better positioned to earnestly engage on an issue of vital importance.
Uzbekistan’s Changing Rogun Tone
The Disconnect Between the EU's Central Asia Strategy and Reality
July 07, 2017
The Disconnect Between the EU's Central Asia Strategy and Reality
Europe's strategy in Central Asia focuses on bilateral relations and reforms, but reality demonstrates the limits of these aims.
The Disconnect Between the EU's Central Asia Strategy and Reality
5th Round of Astana Syria Peace Talks End Without Agreement
July 07, 2017
5th Round of Astana Syria Peace Talks End Without Agreement
The de-escalation zones, let alone which country's "military observers" would maintain them, remain under discussion.
5th Round of Astana Syria Peace Talks End Without Agreement
The Next Chapter in Uzbekistan’s Opening
July 06, 2017
The Next Chapter in Uzbekistan’s Opening
Human Rights Watch and the BBC’s Uzbek service are getting access to the country again.
The Next Chapter in Uzbekistan’s Opening
Relatives of Gulmurod Khalimov Killed in Fight with Tajik Police
July 05, 2017
Relatives of Gulmurod Khalimov Killed in Fight with Tajik Police
Two of Khalimov’s brothers and two nephews were killed.
Relatives of Gulmurod Khalimov Killed in Fight with Tajik Police
Guilty Verdicts Crash in on Kyrgyz Media Outlet
July 03, 2017
Guilty Verdicts Crash in on Kyrgyz Media Outlet
The outlook is not good for Idinov, Zanoza, or Kyrgyzstan.
Guilty Verdicts Crash in on Kyrgyz Media Outlet
Insulting the President: Defamation Cases Against Local Media Move Ahead in Kyrgyzstan
July 01, 2017
Insulting the President: Defamation Cases Against Local Media Move Ahead in Kyrgyzstan
Similar cases against RFE/RL were dropped in May, but a local Kyrgyz media outlet remains under legal pressure.
Insulting the President: Defamation Cases Against Local Media Move Ahead in Kyrgyzstan
3 Convicted for Chinese Embassy Attack in Bishkek
June 30, 2017
3 Convicted for Chinese Embassy Attack in Bishkek
Incidents like the embassy bombing are exceptionally rare in Kyrgyzstan.
3 Convicted for Chinese Embassy Attack in Bishkek
On Trip to Russia, Kyrgyz President Atambayev Sings Putin's Praises
June 29, 2017
On Trip to Russia, Kyrgyz President Atambayev Sings Putin's Praises
"I must admit, I love Russia very much," the Kyrgyz president said at a state dinner held in his honor in Moscow.
On Trip to Russia, Kyrgyz President Atambayev Sings Putin's Praises
20 Years Later, Tajikistan Rewrites Civil War History
June 28, 2017
20 Years Later, Tajikistan Rewrites Civil War History
"So much has gone awry that most... produce little more than puzzled expressions when asked who is to blame."
20 Years Later, Tajikistan Rewrites Civil War History
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