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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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Could an Alleged Terrorist Be Spared the Death Penalty Because of Trump's Tweets?
September 20, 2018
Could an Alleged Terrorist Be Spared the Death Penalty Because of Trump's Tweets?
U.S. President Donald Trump's tweets could end up sparing Sayfullo Saipov life.
Could an Alleged Terrorist Be Spared the Death Penalty Because of Trump's Tweets?
Kyrgyzstan's Problematic Extremist Materials Law
September 18, 2018
Kyrgyzstan's Problematic Extremist Materials Law
In a new report, Human Rights Watch says Kyrgyzstan’s extremist materials law is vague and open to easy abuse.
Kyrgyzstan's Problematic Extremist Materials Law
Kazakhstan and the Xinjiang Problem
September 11, 2018
Kazakhstan and the Xinjiang Problem
Ethnic Kazakhs have opened the window for the world to hear what's happening in Xinjiang, but Kazakhstan remains quiet.
Kazakhstan and the Xinjiang Problem
Why Is China's Top Military Official Visiting Central Asia?
September 07, 2018
Why Is China's Top Military Official Visiting Central Asia?
With Xu Qiliang making stops in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, China is continuing to boost security relations in the region.
Why Is China's Top Military Official Visiting Central Asia?
Conservative Religious Bloggers Detained in Uzbekistan
September 06, 2018
Conservative Religious Bloggers Detained in Uzbekistan
The arrests cast a pall on Uzbekistan's reform efforts and illustrate the boundaries of Tashkent's tolerance for debate.
Conservative Religious Bloggers Detained in Uzbekistan
In Kyrgyzstan, Erdogan Again Warns of Gulen Network Coup
September 05, 2018
In Kyrgyzstan, Erdogan Again Warns of Gulen Network Coup
Since 2016, Turkey has pressed for Kyrgyzstan to close Gulen-linked schools. So far, Bishkek continues to resist.
In Kyrgyzstan, Erdogan Again Warns of Gulen Network Coup
What an NGO's Return Says About Post-Karimov US-Uzbekistan Relations
August 30, 2018
What an NGO's Return Says About Post-Karimov US-Uzbekistan Relations
An education-focused, U.S.-based NGO has become the first such organization to be registered in Uzbekistan in over a decade.
What an NGO's Return Says About Post-Karimov US-Uzbekistan Relations
With Rumored 'Training Camp,' China's Afghanistan Presence Set to Grow
August 29, 2018
With Rumored 'Training Camp,' China's Afghanistan Presence Set to Grow
A larger regional view helps shed light on China’s increasing activities in Afghanistan.
With Rumored 'Training Camp,' China's Afghanistan Presence Set to Grow
What Happened on the Afghan-Tajik Border?
August 28, 2018
What Happened on the Afghan-Tajik Border?
Afghan officials say either a Tajik or Russian plane (or helicopter) conducted an airstrike on the Afghan side of the border.
What Happened on the Afghan-Tajik Border?
#FreeKhayrullo and the Art of Changing Tajikistan's Mind
August 24, 2018
#FreeKhayrullo and the Art of Changing Tajikistan's Mind
What can we learn from the recent release of jailed Tajik journalist Khayrullo Mirsaidov?
#FreeKhayrullo and the Art of Changing Tajikistan's Mind
Two Years Later: Who <em>Isn’t</em> Skipping the World Nomad Games?
August 23, 2018
Two Years Later: Who Isn’t Skipping the World Nomad Games?
The Kyrgyz say several leaders, including the president of Uzbekistan, are set to attend the third World Nomad Games.
Two Years Later: Who Isn’t Skipping the World Nomad Games?
Taliban Talks in Uzbekistan, Violence Continues in Afghanistan
August 15, 2018
Taliban Talks in Uzbekistan, Violence Continues in Afghanistan
With talks up north and violence in the southeast, the war in Afghanistan lurches toward its 17th year.
Taliban Talks in Uzbekistan, Violence Continues in Afghanistan
Caspian Sea Dispute Settled on the Surface
August 13, 2018
Caspian Sea Dispute Settled on the Surface
The landmark agreement settles some Caspian Sea issues, but leaves others open for further discussion.
Caspian Sea Dispute Settled on the Surface
Illuminating the Lives of Chingiz Aitmatov and Azamat Altay, Kyrgyzstan's Beacons
August 10, 2018
Illuminating the Lives of Chingiz Aitmatov and Azamat Altay, Kyrgyzstan's Beacons
Aitmatov and Altay are “beacons to guide those willing to bear a price to be free.”
Illuminating the Lives of Chingiz Aitmatov and Azamat Altay, Kyrgyzstan's Beacons
Unopposed But Protested: Bishkek Gets a New Mayor
August 09, 2018
Unopposed But Protested: Bishkek Gets a New Mayor
The last five consecutive mayors of Bishkek have been accused of corruption -- not a great record.
Unopposed But Protested: Bishkek Gets a New Mayor
Another Day, Another Child Used as Political Hostage by Tajikistan
August 08, 2018
Another Day, Another Child Used as Political Hostage by Tajikistan
So, how does a 10-year-old end up on a list of wanted persons? In Tajikistan, by relation to an exiled dissident.
Another Day, Another Child Used as Political Hostage by Tajikistan
Why Tajik Authorities Are Denying the Reality of the Islamic State Attack
August 07, 2018
Why Tajik Authorities Are Denying the Reality of the Islamic State Attack
Dushanbe has essentially called the video reportedly showing the attackers pledging allegiance to the Islamic State a false flag.
Why Tajik Authorities Are Denying the Reality of the Islamic State Attack
Sauytbay Trial Ends in Kazakhstan With Surprising Release
August 01, 2018
Sauytbay Trial Ends in Kazakhstan With Surprising Release
Sayragul Sauytbay, an ethnic Kazakh Chinese national, was released on a suspended sentence and will not be deported to China.
Sauytbay Trial Ends in Kazakhstan With Surprising Release
Islamic State Claims Tajikistan Car Attack
July 31, 2018
Islamic State Claims Tajikistan Car Attack
Meanwhile, Dushanbe has reflexively accused the IRPT of coordinating the attack.
Islamic State Claims Tajikistan Car Attack
4 Tourists Killed in Apparent Attack in Tajikistan
July 30, 2018
4 Tourists Killed in Apparent Attack in Tajikistan
Two Americans, a Dutch citizen, and a Swiss citizen were killed while cycling in southern Tajikistan.
4 Tourists Killed in Apparent Attack in Tajikistan
Sauytbay Trial in Kazakhstan Puts Astana in a Bind with China
July 27, 2018
Sauytbay Trial in Kazakhstan Puts Astana in a Bind with China
The complexities of international relations aside, is Kazakhstan going to choose China over Kazakhs?
Sauytbay Trial in Kazakhstan Puts Astana in a Bind with China
Matraimov Wins Court Case and Reinstatement in Kyrgyzstan
July 26, 2018
Matraimov Wins Court Case and Reinstatement in Kyrgyzstan
Raiymbek Matraimov was fired on Atambayev’s last day in office. A Bishkek court ruled his firing illegal.
Matraimov Wins Court Case and Reinstatement in Kyrgyzstan
Tajikistan Issues 12-Year Sentence to Whistleblower Journalist
July 12, 2018
Tajikistan Issues 12-Year Sentence to Whistleblower Journalist
Khayrullo Mirsaidov reported corruption in a November 2017 open letter. On July 11 he was convicted of embezzlement.
Tajikistan Issues 12-Year Sentence to Whistleblower Journalist
Uzbekistan Set to Introduce E-Visas
July 11, 2018
Uzbekistan Set to Introduce E-Visas
Tashkent will also introduce a five-day visa-free transit scheme, positioning the country as a better Eurasian hub.
Uzbekistan Set to Introduce E-Visas
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