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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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Economic Recovery and Confronting Corruption in Kyrgyzstan
April 21, 2017
Economic Recovery and Confronting Corruption in Kyrgyzstan
As Kyrgyzstan enters a “nascent economic recovery" it will be vitally important for Bishkek to listen to the people.
Economic Recovery and Confronting Corruption in Kyrgyzstan
Is Tajikistan’s Most Famous Militant Gulmurod Khalimov Dead?
April 18, 2017
Is Tajikistan’s Most Famous Militant Gulmurod Khalimov Dead?
Reports say that he was killed in an airstrike on Mosul over the weekend, but he's been declared dead before.
Is Tajikistan’s Most Famous Militant Gulmurod Khalimov Dead?
Kazakhstan Breaks Oil Production Cut Promise
April 14, 2017
Kazakhstan Breaks Oil Production Cut Promise
The promise was symbolic, anyway.
Kazakhstan Breaks Oil Production Cut Promise
After Cancellations and Delays, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan Reopen Air Link
April 12, 2017
After Cancellations and Delays, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan Reopen Air Link
On Tuesday, the first direct commercial flight between the neighboring countries in 25 years landed in Dushanbe.
After Cancellations and Delays, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan Reopen Air Link
From London to Yiwu in 17 Days: OBOR's British Connection
April 12, 2017
From London to Yiwu in 17 Days: OBOR's British Connection
After the westbound train's arrival in January, British officials heralded the launch of the eastbound train this week.
From London to Yiwu in 17 Days: OBOR's British Connection
St. Petersburg and Stockholm Attacks Put Uzbeks in the News
April 11, 2017
St. Petersburg and Stockholm Attacks Put Uzbeks in the News
Two men carried out two attacks, both were Uzbek -- does that matter?
St. Petersburg and Stockholm Attacks Put Uzbeks in the News
What Do Asian Governments Think About the US Strike on Syria?
April 08, 2017
What Do Asian Governments Think About the US Strike on Syria?
A look at what China, Indonesia, Australia, and other Asian states had to say about the strike.
What Do Asian Governments Think About the US Strike on Syria?
Uzbek President Mirziyoyev Makes State Visit to Russia
April 07, 2017
Uzbek President Mirziyoyev Makes State Visit to Russia
Mirziyoyev and Putin signed investments deals worth $12 billion and trade contracts worth $3.8 billion.
Uzbek President Mirziyoyev Makes State Visit to Russia
Challenging the Central Asian Migrant Myth: Separation and Radicalization
April 06, 2017
Challenging the Central Asian Migrant Myth: Separation and Radicalization
Sergey Abashin, a noted migration scholar, challenged the usual Muslim migrant worker story at a recent talk.
Challenging the Central Asian Migrant Myth: Separation and Radicalization
St. Petersburg Blast Suspect a Kyrgyz-Born, Russian Citizen
April 05, 2017
St. Petersburg Blast Suspect a Kyrgyz-Born, Russian Citizen
Authorities say 22-year old Akbarjon Jalilov carried out the attack. The motive has not been identified.
St. Petersburg Blast Suspect a Kyrgyz-Born, Russian Citizen
Nations in Transit: Populism and Broken Promises
April 04, 2017
Nations in Transit: Populism and Broken Promises
The annual report again catalogs the decline of democracy across the former Soviet Union.
Nations in Transit: Populism and Broken Promises
Telia Declares Deal to Sell Tajik Stake Invalid
April 03, 2017
Telia Declares Deal to Sell Tajik Stake Invalid
Thanks to Tajik government inaction, Telia remains mired in Tajikistan.
Telia Declares Deal to Sell Tajik Stake Invalid
New Report Shines a Light on the Global Shadow of Uzbekistani Surveillance
March 31, 2017
New Report Shines a Light on the Global Shadow of Uzbekistani Surveillance
“If we call our relatives, friends and families, everything will be heard, we know that."
New Report Shines a Light on the Global Shadow of Uzbekistani Surveillance
Jailed Tajik Lawyer's Lawyer Flees, Fearing Her Client's Fate
March 31, 2017
Jailed Tajik Lawyer's Lawyer Flees, Fearing Her Client's Fate
Who will defend the defenders when all the lawyers are detained?
Jailed Tajik Lawyer's Lawyer Flees, Fearing Her Client's Fate
Taliban Claims to Control 34 Districts in Afghanistan
March 30, 2017
Taliban Claims to Control 34 Districts in Afghanistan
The insurgent group claims to contest 167 more, many in southern, western and northern Afghanistan.
Taliban Claims to Control 34 Districts in Afghanistan
Dealing With Central Asia's Poisonous Nuclear Legacy
March 29, 2017
Dealing With Central Asia's Poisonous Nuclear Legacy
Soviet-era uranium mining and waste facilities spread across Central Asia remain a serious public and environmental risk.
Dealing With Central Asia's Poisonous Nuclear Legacy
Springtime Is Counterterrorism Training Time in Tajikistan
March 28, 2017
Springtime Is Counterterrorism Training Time in Tajikistan
On Monday, both Russia and the United States began separate military training drills with Tajik forces.
Springtime Is Counterterrorism Training Time in Tajikistan
Politician's Arrest Sparks Weekend Protests in Kyrgyzstan
March 27, 2017
Politician's Arrest Sparks Weekend Protests in Kyrgyzstan
It's just protests and arrests all the way down.
Politician's Arrest Sparks Weekend Protests in Kyrgyzstan
Discussing Dictators and Nuclear Fallout in Central Asia
March 25, 2017
Discussing Dictators and Nuclear Fallout in Central Asia
A detailed look at the Afghan border, a discussion of dictators, and a secret report on Semipalatinsk; recommended reads.
Discussing Dictators and Nuclear Fallout in Central Asia
Brothers Again: Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan
March 24, 2017
Brothers Again: Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan
Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev in Astana.
Brothers Again: Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan
Paul Manafort and the Kyrgyz Connection
March 22, 2017
Paul Manafort and the Kyrgyz Connection
Who says a corruption scandal is ever really over? An old Kyrgyz banking scandal shows up in Manafort's Ukraine dealings.
Paul Manafort and the Kyrgyz Connection
Return to Tashkent: EBRD President in Uzbekistan to Discuss Revamping Cooperation
March 16, 2017
Return to Tashkent: EBRD President in Uzbekistan to Discuss Revamping Cooperation
After a decade, the EBRD may be returning to Uzbekistan – riding optimism that a new regime can chart a new course.
Return to Tashkent: EBRD President in Uzbekistan to Discuss Revamping Cooperation
Kyrgyz President Takes on Media in Lawsuits
March 14, 2017
Kyrgyz President Takes on Media in Lawsuits
In recent days a handful of lawsuits have been filed against two Ata-Meken lawyers and two media outlets.
Kyrgyz President Takes on Media in Lawsuits
In 2017, What Does CENTCOM Care About in Central Asia?
March 11, 2017
In 2017, What Does CENTCOM Care About in Central Asia?
A new year, a new posture statement to parse.
In 2017, What Does CENTCOM Care About in Central Asia?
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