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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.

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Posts by Catherine Putz
December 01, 2020

Uzbek Media Outlet Pushes Back on Government Pressure

By Catherine Putz
In their post addressing the communication agency's letter, Kun.uz said it “gave off an air of the ‘old’ Uzbekistan.”

December 01, 2020

Clare Richardson-Barlow on East Asia’s Turn to Renewable Energy

By Catherine Putz
On paper, East Asian countries are moving aggressively toward renewable energy. On the ground, however, things are more complicated.
November 26, 2020

UN Working Group Finds Serikzhan Bilash’s Detention by Kazakhstan Arbitrary

By Catherine Putz
Bilash headed a group advocating for greater attention to the ethnic Kazakhs detained in China’s camps in Xinjiang. It got him in trouble with the Kazakh government.

November 25, 2020

US-Uzbekistan Relations Right on Track

By Catherine Putz
The U.S. and Uzbekistan aim to transition toward a “Strategic Partnership Dialogue” in 2021.

November 24, 2020

Kazakh Blogger Forced Into Psychiatric Clinic

By Catherine Putz
A court order has sent Aigul Otepova to a psychiatric clinic. Her supporters say its because of her outspoken criticism of the government.

November 20, 2020

What’s in Kyrgyzstan’s Proposed ‘Khanstitution’?

By Catherine Putz
Kyrgyz are set to vote on a controversial new constitution and for a new president on the same day, January 10.
November 17, 2020

Farley on Patents and Power: Where Intellectual Property Law and Military Technology Meet

By Catherine Putz
“There is a tight connection between the development of intellectual property protection and the modern defense industrial base.”

November 13, 2020

Police Disruption of Women’s Day March Illegal, Kyrgyz Supreme Court Rules

By Catherine Putz
Overturning the decisions of two lower courts, the Kyrgyz Supreme Court says police should not have cracked down on the March 8 protest.

November 11, 2020

Taliban Angle for Commitment to Deal From Incoming US Administration

By Catherine Putz
The Taliban urged the incoming Biden administration to stick to the Trump administration’s deal and its withdrawal plan.

November 11, 2020

Kazakhstan Still on the Long Road to a Latin Alphabet

By Catherine Putz
Kazakh has been written in a Cyrillic script since 1940, but government officials have long pushed for a gradual shift to a Latin alphabet.

November 10, 2020

Turkmenistan Still Persists in COVID Denial

By Catherine Putz
ASAP or maybe never: In August, the WHO wanted to visit Turkmenistan ASAP to test suspected COVID-19 samples. To date, no new mission has taken place.
November 06, 2020

Presidential or Parliamentary? What Kind of Government Should Kyrgyzstan Have?

By Catherine Putz
With new presidential elections set for January and parliamentary elections sometime before June 2021, the debate over what kind of government Kyrgyzstan should have is critical.

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