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Catherine Putz

Catherine Putz

Catherine Putz is managing editor of The Diplomat. She tweets @LadyPutz.

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 and the National Press Club.

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Posts by Catherine Putz
March 24, 2023

The AUKUS Partners Explain Their Phased Approach. What Are the Risks?

By Ankit Panda and Catherine Putz
The three partners have explained how the submarine cooperation initiative will move ahead. What are the risks?

March 21, 2023

Low Turnout and a Victory for Kazakhstan’s Ruling Party in Parliamentary Polls

By Catherine Putz
Despite hundreds of independent self-nominated candidates, Kazakhstan’s new parliament will much resemble its former self.
March 16, 2023

Kazakhstan Impounds Property of Roscosmos Subsidiary

By Catherine Putz
A debt dispute sits atop a host of other political risks, inserting uncertainty into operations at the important Baikonur spaceport.

March 14, 2023

Helping a Friend: Looking Back on Australia’s Intervention in Solomon Islands

By Catherine Putz
An interview with Michael Wesley about his history of Australia and the international intervention Canberra led in the Solomon Islands.

March 10, 2023

Unpacking Geopolitical Competition and Energy Security in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
A U.S. Senate subcommittee recently explored U.S. policy toward Central Asia amid the war in Ukraine and intense concern about global energy security.

March 09, 2023

Final Draft of Constitutional Amendments Reportedly Ready in Uzbekistan

By Catherine Putz
There’s still no date for the referendum, but it’s clear Uzbekistan’s government is gearing up to push forward its desired constitutional update. 
March 03, 2023

Ukraine’s Shadow Over Blinken’s Travels Through Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
The war in Ukraine provided the thematic backdrop for the U.S. secretary of state’s recent trip through Central Asia in a way the U.S. war in Afghanistan once did. 

February 22, 2023

The Diplomat Magazine Hits Issue 100

By Ankit Panda and Catherine Putz
The Diplomat reaches a milestone: reflecting on 100 issues of the magazine.

March 01, 2023

An Interview with The Diplomat’s Publisher James Pach

By Catherine Putz
"Our mission has remained fairly consistent: to provide balanced coverage of Asia and the Pacific from within the region."

February 25, 2023

US Secretary of State Blinken Headed to Central Asia Next Week

By Catherine Putz
Antony Blinken's first trip to Central Asia will involve bilateral meetings with all five of his regional counterparts, plus a convening of the C5+1 format.

February 22, 2023

What’s Driving South Korea’s Debate on Acquiring Nuclear Weapons

By Ankit Panda and Catherine Putz
Why is interest in nuclear weapons acquisition growing in South Korea?
February 17, 2023

UN Working Group Calls for Release of Uzbek Blogger Sattoriy 

By Catherine Putz
The U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention says Otabek Sattoriy’s 2021 detention is arbitrary under international law.

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