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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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Can Trump Bring Balance to US-Uzbekistan Relations?
May 17, 2018
Can Trump Bring Balance to US-Uzbekistan Relations?
As Tashkent and Washington revive their strategic partnership, eyes are on reforms.
Can Trump Bring Balance to US-Uzbekistan Relations?
Uzbekistan: Reforms on the Right Path
May 16, 2018
Uzbekistan: Reforms on the Right Path
An exclusive interview with Uzbek Minister of Justice Ruslanbek Davletov
Uzbekistan: Reforms on the Right Path
Uzbek Officials Discuss Human Rights in Washington
May 15, 2018
Uzbek Officials Discuss Human Rights in Washington
A few years ago such a panel -- seating a human rights researcher next to an Uzbek official -- would have been unthinkable.
Uzbek Officials Discuss Human Rights in Washington
In Uzbekistan, Abdullaev Case Concludes With Freedom
May 08, 2018
In Uzbekistan, Abdullaev Case Concludes With Freedom
The defendants were set free; the judge ordered the state security service to look into its “violations” during the investigation.
In Uzbekistan, Abdullaev Case Concludes With Freedom
What Makes America the Most Powerful State in Asia?
May 07, 2018
What Makes America the Most Powerful State in Asia?
In the Lowy Institute's Asia Power Index, Washington remains on top. But China isn't far behind.
What Makes America the Most Powerful State in Asia?
Kyrgyzstan: Power, Prime Ministers, and Power Plants
April 27, 2018
Kyrgyzstan: Power, Prime Ministers, and Power Plants
In 2018, both the Bishkek power plant and the Atambayev-Jeenbekov relationship began malfunctioning.
Kyrgyzstan: Power, Prime Ministers, and Power Plants
From Bad to Worse: Press Freedom in Eurasia Continues to Decline
April 26, 2018
From Bad to Worse: Press Freedom in Eurasia Continues to Decline
Uzbekistan is the only Central Asian country to see improvement, but it's still near the bottom of the rankings.
From Bad to Worse: Press Freedom in Eurasia Continues to Decline
Uzbekistan Agrees to ‘Take Part’ in TAPI
April 24, 2018
Uzbekistan Agrees to ‘Take Part’ in TAPI
It’s unclear how Uzbek participation in the pipeline project will manifest.
Uzbekistan Agrees to ‘Take Part’ in TAPI
Tajikistan Still Considering Engagement With the Eurasian Economic Union
April 23, 2018
Tajikistan Still Considering Engagement With the Eurasian Economic Union
Russia recently proposed Tajikistan join the EAEU as an observer, downgrading previous pushes for full membership.
Tajikistan Still Considering Engagement With the Eurasian Economic Union
Another Fire at Osh Bazaar in Bishkek
April 17, 2018
Another Fire at Osh Bazaar in Bishkek
Friday’s blaze was the third at the market since January.
Another Fire at Osh Bazaar in Bishkek
Central Asia's Democratic Backslide Continues, Except for Uzbekistan
April 11, 2018
Central Asia's Democratic Backslide Continues, Except for Uzbekistan
Three states in Central Asia marked declines in the 2018 Nations in Transit report; but Uzbekistan logged its first improvement since 2005.
Central Asia's Democratic Backslide Continues, Except for Uzbekistan
Turkish President Erdogan Urges Kyrgyzstan to Join Fight Against Gulen
April 11, 2018
Turkish President Erdogan Urges Kyrgyzstan to Join Fight Against Gulen
Kyrgyz President Jeenbekov did not respond directly to Erdogan's urging to deal with Gulen-linked institutions.
Turkish President Erdogan Urges Kyrgyzstan to Join Fight Against Gulen
Is There a Growing Atambayev-Jeenbekov Rift in Kyrgyzstan?
April 10, 2018
Is There a Growing Atambayev-Jeenbekov Rift in Kyrgyzstan?
A recent slew of firings may mark a real split between current Kyrgyz President Jeenbekov and his predecessor Atambayev.
Is There a Growing Atambayev-Jeenbekov Rift in Kyrgyzstan?
Kazakh Authorities Target Media Outlets in Former Minister's Libel Suit
April 06, 2018
Kazakh Authorities Target Media Outlets in Former Minister's Libel Suit
Crying libel and defamation to hit back at critical reporting is not new to Kazakhstan.
Kazakh Authorities Target Media Outlets in Former Minister's Libel Suit
Self-Censorship and the State: Evaluating Progress on Free Speech in Uzbekistan
April 05, 2018
Self-Censorship and the State: Evaluating Progress on Free Speech in Uzbekistan
How have reforms impacted the media environment in Uzbekistan?
Self-Censorship and the State: Evaluating Progress on Free Speech in Uzbekistan
Tajikistan Resumes Supplying Uzbekistan with Electricity
April 04, 2018
Tajikistan Resumes Supplying Uzbekistan with Electricity
After months of diplomacy, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan take the next step in resurrecting the Central Asian unified power grid.
Tajikistan Resumes Supplying Uzbekistan with Electricity
New Charges Levied Against Former Kyrgyz Presidential Candidate
April 02, 2018
New Charges Levied Against Former Kyrgyz Presidential Candidate
Kyrgyz authorities have opened an investigation into whether Omurbek Babanov plotted to stage a coup after the October 2017 election.
New Charges Levied Against Former Kyrgyz Presidential Candidate
What is Iran’s Interest in Maintaining Relations With Turkmenistan?
March 29, 2018
What is Iran’s Interest in Maintaining Relations With Turkmenistan?
Despite an ongoing gas dispute, Iran seems intent on maintaining relations with Turkmenistan.
What is Iran’s Interest in Maintaining Relations With Turkmenistan?
Ablyazov's Balloons: Kazakh Opposition Co-opts the Color Blue
March 27, 2018
Ablyazov's Balloons: Kazakh Opposition Co-opts the Color Blue
International fugitive and Kazakh opposition star Mukhtar Ablyazov urged supporters to carry blue balloons during the Nowruz holiday.
Ablyazov's Balloons: Kazakh Opposition Co-opts the Color Blue
Is Russia Arming the Taliban?
March 27, 2018
Is Russia Arming the Taliban?
There’s no proverbial smoking Kalashnikov, but American officials continue to suggest Russia is arming the Taliban.
Is Russia Arming the Taliban?
Uzbekistan's Afghanistan Peace Conference: What to Expect
March 24, 2018
Uzbekistan's Afghanistan Peace Conference: What to Expect
Can Uzbekistan help Afghanistan reach peace?
Uzbekistan's Afghanistan Peace Conference: What to Expect
Kyrgyzstan Out, Central Asia In: Parsing CENTCOM’s 2018 Posture Statement
March 17, 2018
Kyrgyzstan Out, Central Asia In: Parsing CENTCOM’s 2018 Posture Statement
With a new South Asia strategy guiding operations, how does Central Asia figure into CENTCOM’s activities?
Kyrgyzstan Out, Central Asia In: Parsing CENTCOM’s 2018 Posture Statement
Former Kazakh Economy Minister Sentenced to 10 Years on Corruption Charges
March 15, 2018
Former Kazakh Economy Minister Sentenced to 10 Years on Corruption Charges
Kuandyk Bishimbayev, a young rising political star, faced a rapid downfall after being accused of embezzlement.
Former Kazakh Economy Minister Sentenced to 10 Years on Corruption Charges
Where in the World Is Berdy This Week? (Hint: Not Astana)
March 13, 2018
Where in the World Is Berdy This Week? (Hint: Not Astana)
Turkmenistan’s president is not going to Astana on March 15 because he’ll be returning from another, more important, trip.
Where in the World Is Berdy This Week? (Hint: Not Astana)
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