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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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Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev Promises to Return to Politics
November 20, 2017
Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev Promises to Return to Politics
As Atambayev leaves office, he pledges to return in the 2020 parliamentary elections.
Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev Promises to Return to Politics
Kyrgyz President Atambayev Set to Hand Successor a Massive Bilateral Headache
November 16, 2017
Kyrgyz President Atambayev Set to Hand Successor a Massive Bilateral Headache
The Kazakh-Kyrgyz rift continues to widen as Atambayev's presidency wanes.
Kyrgyz President Atambayev Set to Hand Successor a Massive Bilateral Headache
Uzbekistan Aims to Move Regional Cooperation From Talking Points to Reality
November 14, 2017
Uzbekistan Aims to Move Regional Cooperation From Talking Points to Reality
Uzbekistan wants to breathe life into regional cooperation with the help of the UN and EU.
Uzbekistan Aims to Move Regional Cooperation From Talking Points to Reality
At the Samarkand Conference, Bilateral Bad Blood and Mistrust Loom Large
November 11, 2017
At the Samarkand Conference, Bilateral Bad Blood and Mistrust Loom Large
At a regional security conference, bilateral bad blood sidetracks greater cooperative ambitions.
At the Samarkand Conference, Bilateral Bad Blood and Mistrust Loom Large
Pride and Kazakh-Kyrgyz Rift
October 28, 2017
Pride and Kazakh-Kyrgyz Rift
Meanwhile, "cautious optimism" about Uzbekistan and a quick lesson on Soviet history in the region; weekend reading.
Pride and Kazakh-Kyrgyz Rift
Server Shenanigans: Local Media Reports Kyrgyz Campaign Used Government Server
October 27, 2017
Server Shenanigans: Local Media Reports Kyrgyz Campaign Used Government Server
An explosive investigation by Kloop points to possible collaboration between Jeenbekov’s campaign and the government.
Server Shenanigans: Local Media Reports Kyrgyz Campaign Used Government Server
Junk Bond Sale and Development Aid: How to Build a Road and a Dam in Tajikistan
October 26, 2017
Junk Bond Sale and Development Aid: How to Build a Road and a Dam in Tajikistan
From the ADB to junk bond-hungry investors, Dushanbe is pulling in financial help. But will it make a difference?
Junk Bond Sale and Development Aid: How to Build a Road and a Dam in Tajikistan
An Uzbek President Touches Down in Turkey for the First Time in 18 Years
October 25, 2017
An Uzbek President Touches Down in Turkey for the First Time in 18 Years
As Mirziyoyev heads to Ankara, conditions are ripe for a rapprochement in bilateral ties.
An Uzbek President Touches Down in Turkey for the First Time in 18 Years
Tillerson to Follow Ghani to India, After a Brief Stop in Pakistan
October 24, 2017
Tillerson to Follow Ghani to India, After a Brief Stop in Pakistan
On Tuesday, Afghan President Ghani visited India. On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson is to do the same.
Tillerson to Follow Ghani to India, After a Brief Stop in Pakistan
EBRD Approves First New Projects for Uzbekistan Since 2007
October 20, 2017
EBRD Approves First New Projects for Uzbekistan Since 2007
After a decade-long gap, the European bank is returning to financing new projects in Uzbekistan.
EBRD Approves First New Projects for Uzbekistan Since 2007
Kyrgyzstan Alerts WTO to Kazakhstan Border Kerfuffle
October 19, 2017
Kyrgyzstan Alerts WTO to Kazakhstan Border Kerfuffle
Kazakhstan has stymied trade at the border, but the quicksand poured first from President Atambayev’s mouth.
Kyrgyzstan Alerts WTO to Kazakhstan Border Kerfuffle
What a 25-Fold Increase in Turkmen Water Prices Will Mean
October 18, 2017
What a 25-Fold Increase in Turkmen Water Prices Will Mean
Ashgabat is ditching water subsidies, with the savings to be directed into the country's energy sector.
What a 25-Fold Increase in Turkmen Water Prices Will Mean
EU, Tajikistan Hold Human Rights Dialogue, Say Almost Nothing
October 17, 2017
EU, Tajikistan Hold Human Rights Dialogue, Say Almost Nothing
The dialogue was "open and honest" and meaningless.
EU, Tajikistan Hold Human Rights Dialogue, Say Almost Nothing
Kyrgyzstan’s Next President: Sooronbai Jeenbekov
October 17, 2017
Kyrgyzstan’s Next President: Sooronbai Jeenbekov
Incumbent Almazbek Atambayev’s chosen successor came out on top in Sunday’s election.
Kyrgyzstan’s Next President: Sooronbai Jeenbekov
Grappling with the Bomb: 60 Years After Britain’s Pacific Hydrogen Bomb Tests
September 30, 2017
Grappling with the Bomb: 60 Years After Britain’s Pacific Hydrogen Bomb Tests
An interview with Nic Maclellan
Grappling with the Bomb: 60 Years After Britain’s Pacific Hydrogen Bomb Tests
Uzbekistan in the Spotlight
September 30, 2017
Uzbekistan in the Spotlight
The center of Central Asia has turned its focus to multilateral regional cooperation.
Uzbekistan in the Spotlight
Uzbek Exile Immediately Detained Upon Return
September 27, 2017
Uzbek Exile Immediately Detained Upon Return
Reform? Thaw? A few steps forward, a few steps back.
Uzbek Exile Immediately Detained Upon Return
Telia Agrees to Pay $1 Billion in Penalties in Uzbek Corruption Scandal Settlement
September 26, 2017
Telia Agrees to Pay $1 Billion in Penalties in Uzbek Corruption Scandal Settlement
The settlement with U.S. and Dutch authorities brings to a close one chapter of Central And corruption
Telia Agrees to Pay $1 Billion in Penalties in Uzbek Corruption Scandal Settlement
Extortion 17: The Mission and the Tragedy in Afghanistan
September 16, 2017
Extortion 17: The Mission and the Tragedy in Afghanistan
In The Final Mission of Extortion 17, Ed Darack details the 2011 shootdown of a U.S. helicopter in Afghanistan.
Extortion 17: The Mission and the Tragedy in Afghanistan
Kyrgyzstan's Presidential Campaigns Kick Off
September 13, 2017
Kyrgyzstan's Presidential Campaigns Kick Off
The election, slated for October 15, will decide who takes over from Almazbek Atambayev.
Kyrgyzstan's Presidential Campaigns Kick Off
A Bark But No Bite: Examining New Zealand’s Last General Election
August 23, 2017
A Bark But No Bite: Examining New Zealand’s Last General Election
The Diplomat talks to Jack Vowles about New Zealand politics.
A Bark But No Bite: Examining New Zealand’s Last General Election
Tajik State TV Documentary Accuses Iran of Civil War Meddling
August 10, 2017
Tajik State TV Documentary Accuses Iran of Civil War Meddling
Feeding on old rumors, the documentary is further indication of a deteriorating relationship.
Tajik State TV Documentary Accuses Iran of Civil War Meddling
Unraveling Grand Corruption in Uzbekistan
August 09, 2017
Unraveling Grand Corruption in Uzbekistan
A Dance With the Cobra: Confronting Grand Corruption in Uzbekistan aims to explain the tangled web of corruption in Uzbekistan.
Unraveling Grand Corruption in Uzbekistan
Parties Merge in Kyrgyzstan, Hoping to Get an Electoral Edge
August 08, 2017
Parties Merge in Kyrgyzstan, Hoping to Get an Electoral Edge
The leaders of three parties say they’re joining forces in the upcoming election.
Parties Merge in Kyrgyzstan, Hoping to Get an Electoral Edge
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