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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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A Certainly Incomplete Update on Detained Kyrgyz Politicians
August 29, 2019
A Certainly Incomplete Update on Detained Kyrgyz Politicians
A litigious air has swept Kyrgyzstan: It's hard to keep track of who has been detained and who could be next.
A Certainly Incomplete Update on Detained Kyrgyz Politicians
Aksana Ismailbekova on Patronage Politics in Kyrgyzstan
August 20, 2019
Aksana Ismailbekova on Patronage Politics in Kyrgyzstan
What lays beneath the surface of Kyrgyzstan’s dramatic political scene?
Aksana Ismailbekova on Patronage Politics in Kyrgyzstan
What’s the Price of Freedom? Kazakh Activist Accepts Plea Deal
August 19, 2019
What’s the Price of Freedom? Kazakh Activist Accepts Plea Deal
Serikzhan Bilash was released with a fine and a promise to end his activism for ethnic Kazakhs detained in China.
What’s the Price of Freedom? Kazakh Activist Accepts Plea Deal
Former Kyrgyz President Facing Charges of Murder and Orchestrating Mass Unrest
August 14, 2019
Former Kyrgyz President Facing Charges of Murder and Orchestrating Mass Unrest
There's always room for surprises, but Atambayev and his closest allies seem to be on the road to serious prison terms.
Former Kyrgyz President Facing Charges of Murder and Orchestrating Mass Unrest
Babanov’s Back: Kyrgyz Presidential Runner-up Returns
August 13, 2019
Babanov’s Back: Kyrgyz Presidential Runner-up Returns
Perhaps Babanov thinks the Kyrgyz authorities have their hands full?
Babanov’s Back: Kyrgyz Presidential Runner-up Returns
Afghanistan: A Region on Edge as Peace Talks Near the Finish Line
August 13, 2019
Afghanistan: A Region on Edge as Peace Talks Near the Finish Line
U.S.-Taliban talks end without a deal, but tantalizingly close; Uzbekistan garners a rebuke for welcoming Taliban representatives.
Afghanistan: A Region on Edge as Peace Talks Near the Finish Line
Former Kyrgyz President Detained After Second Raid
August 08, 2019
Former Kyrgyz President Detained After Second Raid
After a botched raid on Wednesday, Kyrgyz security forces return to detain former President Almazbek Atambayev
Former Kyrgyz President Detained After Second Raid
Kyrgyz Authorities Move to Detain Former President, Supporters Resist
August 08, 2019
Kyrgyz Authorities Move to Detain Former President, Supporters Resist
Shots were fired and there are reports of injuries, including of journalists.
Kyrgyz Authorities Move to Detain Former President, Supporters Resist
Tensions Flare at Kyrgyz Gold Mine
August 07, 2019
Tensions Flare at Kyrgyz Gold Mine
A brawl erupted between locals and Chinese workers, sending 20 to the hospital.
Tensions Flare at Kyrgyz Gold Mine
Khalilzad Hails 'Excellent Progress' in Talks With the Taliban
August 06, 2019
Khalilzad Hails 'Excellent Progress' in Talks With the Taliban
Meanwhile, the UN mission in Afghanistan says civilian casualties spiked in July as violence continues.
Khalilzad Hails 'Excellent Progress' in Talks With the Taliban
Uzbekistan to Close Notorious Prison Colony, the 'House of Torture'
August 05, 2019
Uzbekistan to Close Notorious Prison Colony, the 'House of Torture'
Jaslyk is Uzbekistan's most notorious prison. On August 2, President Mirziyoyev ordered its closure.
Uzbekistan to Close Notorious Prison Colony, the 'House of Torture'
Water and Railways Discussed By Kyrgyz and Uzbek Prime Ministers
August 02, 2019
Water and Railways Discussed By Kyrgyz and Uzbek Prime Ministers
It may lack big headlines, but the normal continuance of diplomacy between neighbors is important in Central Asia.
Water and Railways Discussed By Kyrgyz and Uzbek Prime Ministers
Askarov's Life Sentence Upheld in Kyrgyzstan, Again
July 30, 2019
Askarov's Life Sentence Upheld in Kyrgyzstan, Again
Askarov’s case illustrates a series of deep, intertwined, divides in Kyrgyzstan.
Askarov's Life Sentence Upheld in Kyrgyzstan, Again
Uzbek Activists Urge Caution in Returning Gulnara’s Ill-Gotten Gains
July 30, 2019
Uzbek Activists Urge Caution in Returning Gulnara’s Ill-Gotten Gains
As reports stir of pending asset returns, a group of activists urge international stakeholders to be cautious in how they proceed.
Uzbek Activists Urge Caution in Returning Gulnara’s Ill-Gotten Gains
Kazakh Xinjiang Activist’s Trial Begins With Relocation, Incitement Charges Linger
July 29, 2019
Kazakh Xinjiang Activist’s Trial Begins With Relocation, Incitement Charges Linger
A judge quickly agreed to send the case to Almaty; Serikzhan Bilash is charged with inciting violence against Chinese.
Kazakh Xinjiang Activist’s Trial Begins With Relocation, Incitement Charges Linger
Atambayev Returning to Kyrgyzstan After Pulling Russia Into Feud With Jeenbekov
July 26, 2019
Atambayev Returning to Kyrgyzstan After Pulling Russia Into Feud With Jeenbekov
The former president returns confident his palling around with Putin will save him. But will it?
Atambayev Returning to Kyrgyzstan After Pulling Russia Into Feud With Jeenbekov
Tajikistan Under Review: A Familiar Litany of Human Rights Concerns
July 25, 2019
Tajikistan Under Review: A Familiar Litany of Human Rights Concerns
Comparing Tajikistan’s last two reviews by the Human Rights Committee, it’s clear Dushnabe isn’t interested in improvement.
Tajikistan Under Review: A Familiar Litany of Human Rights Concerns
Under Pressure in Kyrgzystan, Atambayev Flies to Russia
July 24, 2019
Under Pressure in Kyrgzystan, Atambayev Flies to Russia
The former president says he'll be back soon after high level meetings in Moscow.
Under Pressure in Kyrgzystan, Atambayev Flies to Russia
Azimjan Askarov Headed for a Second Retrial in Kyrgyzstan
July 19, 2019
Azimjan Askarov Headed for a Second Retrial in Kyrgyzstan
Askarov's last retrial, in 2017, ended with his return to jail on a life sentence. Will things be different this time around?
Azimjan Askarov Headed for a Second Retrial in Kyrgyzstan
Boxing Association Stripped of Olympic Status, But Boxing Cleared for Tokyo Games
July 17, 2019
Boxing Association Stripped of Olympic Status, But Boxing Cleared for Tokyo Games
The AIBA has been suspended and Rakhimov has resigned but boxing will still appear in the 2020 Tokyo Games.
Boxing Association Stripped of Olympic Status, But Boxing Cleared for Tokyo Games
Pelosi: US Risks Losing Moral Authority With Silence on Xinjiang
July 17, 2019
Pelosi: US Risks Losing Moral Authority With Silence on Xinjiang
Speaking at the U.S. Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, Pelosi said Chen Quanguo should be subject to Global Magnitsky sanctions.
Pelosi: US Risks Losing Moral Authority With Silence on Xinjiang
Sebastien Peyrouse on the EU's New Central Asia Strategy
July 16, 2019
Sebastien Peyrouse on the EU's New Central Asia Strategy
What are Europe’s main interests in Central Asia and how does the EU plan to pursue them?
Sebastien Peyrouse on the EU's New Central Asia Strategy
Which Countries Are For or Against China's Xinjiang Policies?
July 15, 2019
Which Countries Are For or Against China's Xinjiang Policies?
Last week, two coalitions sent competing letters to the UN Human Rights Council criticizing or backing China's Xinjiang policies.
Which Countries Are For or Against China's Xinjiang Policies?
Defiant Atambayev Refuses Second Subpoena
July 11, 2019
Defiant Atambayev Refuses Second Subpoena
The former president, ensconced with supporters at his home in Koi-Tash, is headed for a confrontation.
Defiant Atambayev Refuses Second Subpoena
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