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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.

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Imperial Twilight: Images from the Last Years of the Russian Empire
May 27, 2016
Imperial Twilight: Images from the Last Years of the Russian Empire
Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky wanted to capture the empire in color. His photographs are among the last of Imperial Russia.
Imperial Twilight: Images from the Last Years of the Russian Empire
Corruption, Politics, and Power in Uzbekistan
May 26, 2016
Corruption, Politics, and Power in Uzbekistan
Not only does rampant corruption undermine international investment in the country but its political nature feeds instability.
Corruption, Politics, and Power in Uzbekistan
India and Pakistan to Join SCO, is Iran Next?
May 26, 2016
India and Pakistan to Join SCO, is Iran Next?
After 15 years, the group is set to expand this summer.
India and Pakistan to Join SCO, is Iran Next?
China Pushes One Belt, One Road in Central Asia
May 24, 2016
China Pushes One Belt, One Road in Central Asia
Beijing's belt fits with Kazakhstan's sunny path, but questions remain on its compatibility with the EEU.
China Pushes One Belt, One Road in Central Asia
Meet Central Asia’s Newest President-for-Life
May 23, 2016
Meet Central Asia’s Newest President-for-Life
Same as the old one--it's just on the books now.
Meet Central Asia’s Newest President-for-Life
Kazakhstan Cracks Down on Weekend Protests
May 22, 2016
Kazakhstan Cracks Down on Weekend Protests
Astana is eager to claim the mantle of "democracy," but it remains ill at ease with dissent.
Kazakhstan Cracks Down on Weekend Protests
Protests and Referendums in Central Asia
May 21, 2016
Protests and Referendums in Central Asia
Protests in Kazakhstan, a referendum in Tajikistan, and more. Central Asia weekend reading.
Protests and Referendums in Central Asia
Arrests in Kazakhstan as Planned Weekend Protests Approach
May 19, 2016
Arrests in Kazakhstan as Planned Weekend Protests Approach
Astana has detained a dozen activists and rejected applications to protests on May 21.
Arrests in Kazakhstan as Planned Weekend Protests Approach
Hezb-e-Islami Moves Closer to a Final Deal with the Afghan Government
May 18, 2016
Hezb-e-Islami Moves Closer to a Final Deal with the Afghan Government
Kabul is optimistic and to be honest, needs a win.
Hezb-e-Islami Moves Closer to a Final Deal with the Afghan Government
What If the United States Had Told the Soviet Union About the Bomb?
May 18, 2016
What If the United States Had Told the Soviet Union About the Bomb?
In 1945, U.S. nuclear scientists urged the government to talk to the Soviets about the bomb--of course, they didn't know the Soviets knew.
What If the United States Had Told the Soviet Union About the Bomb?
Explaining the GM Uzbekistan Scandal
May 18, 2016
Explaining the GM Uzbekistan Scandal
Simple corruption, delinquent Russian distributors, or political struggle?
Explaining the GM Uzbekistan Scandal
What Caused a 200-Man Fight in a Moscow Cemetery?
May 17, 2016
What Caused a 200-Man Fight in a Moscow Cemetery?
The incident will do little to improve the public perception of Central Asian migrant workers in Russia.
What Caused a 200-Man Fight in a Moscow Cemetery?
Andijan and its Boogeymen
May 13, 2016
Andijan and its Boogeymen
Uzbek corruption, Chinese influence in Kazakhstan, and hipsters; weekend reads.
Andijan and its Boogeymen
Kazakhstan, Seeking Hacker Identities, Takes on Kim Dotcom
May 13, 2016
Kazakhstan, Seeking Hacker Identities, Takes on Kim Dotcom
A New Zealand court has ordered Mega to turn over user information in a Kazakhstan leaked government documents case.
Kazakhstan, Seeking Hacker Identities, Takes on Kim Dotcom
Controversial 'Foreign Agents' Bill Shot Down in Kyrgyz Parliament
May 12, 2016
Controversial 'Foreign Agents' Bill Shot Down in Kyrgyz Parliament
NGOs in Kyrgyzstan will be happy to know that the so-called Foreign Agents Bill won't become law. At least not yet.
Controversial 'Foreign Agents' Bill Shot Down in Kyrgyz Parliament
Tajikistan Talks the Talk on Rights, But Opposition Trials Continue
May 12, 2016
Tajikistan Talks the Talk on Rights, But Opposition Trials Continue
Dushanbe says the right things in international forums, but hasn’t made measurable progress in fulfilling its rights commitments.
Tajikistan Talks the Talk on Rights, But Opposition Trials Continue
World Bank Tries to Answer CASA-1000 Criticisms
May 11, 2016
World Bank Tries to Answer CASA-1000 Criticisms
CASA-1000 will be inaugurated Thursday in Dushanbe, but significant challenges stand in the way of actually realizing the project.
World Bank Tries to Answer CASA-1000 Criticisms
Obama to Make Historic Visit to Hiroshima
May 10, 2016
Obama to Make Historic Visit to Hiroshima
Both domestic and international audiences will be watching the visit for an apology.
Obama to Make Historic Visit to Hiroshima
TUTAP Energy Project Sparks Political Infighting in Afghanistan
May 10, 2016
TUTAP Energy Project Sparks Political Infighting in Afghanistan
To go through Bamyan or Salang? That is the question.
TUTAP Energy Project Sparks Political Infighting in Afghanistan
Kyrgyz President Warns of Modern Fascists in Russia
May 10, 2016
Kyrgyz President Warns of Modern Fascists in Russia
Victory Day in Central Asia this year was a more subdued affair, with requiems instead of parades.
Kyrgyz President Warns of Modern Fascists in Russia
Kazakhstan Scrambles to Deflate Protest Tensions
May 07, 2016
Kazakhstan Scrambles to Deflate Protest Tensions
And Tajikistan tries to distract from human rights criticisms; recommended reads.
Kazakhstan Scrambles to Deflate Protest Tensions
19 Months Later, Afghan Government Lacks Core Ministerial Leadership
May 06, 2016
19 Months Later, Afghan Government Lacks Core Ministerial Leadership
Despite promising to offer up new nominees for Afghanistan's top security jobs, President Ashraf Ghani is simply shuffling the deck.
19 Months Later, Afghan Government Lacks Core Ministerial Leadership
Kazakh Land Code Changes Put on Hold
May 05, 2016
Kazakh Land Code Changes Put on Hold
Astana seems to have bowed to public sentiment, shelving controversial land code changes that triggered protests
Kazakh Land Code Changes Put on Hold
Tajikistan's Attack on Lawyers
May 05, 2016
Tajikistan's Attack on Lawyers
Dushanbe's campaign against human rights lawyers has not gone unnoticed.
Tajikistan's Attack on Lawyers
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