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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
April 03, 2020

Where In the World Are There No Coronavirus Cases?

By Catherine Putz
What should we make of the countries that have not reported cases? Are they unable to test? Are they lying? Are they that isolated? 

April 02, 2020

Uzbekistan Leads Central Asian Diplomacy in the Age of COVID-19

By Catherine Putz
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has been ringing his neighbors to coordinate and dispatching aid to Afghanistan.
April 01, 2020

Did Turkmenistan Really Ban the Word ‘Coronavirus’? 

By Catherine Putz
Not quite. But Ashgabat is certainly denying the reality of the COVID-19 threat.

April 01, 2020

Amarnath Amarasingam: Sri Lanka After the Easter Massacre

By Catherine Putz
A year after the Easter attacks, what have we learned about extremism in Sri Lanka?

March 30, 2020

More Arrests Linked to February Ethnic Violence in Kazakhstan

By Catherine Putz
Kazakh authorities say 25 have been arrested in connection to deadly violence targeting the Dungan community in February.

March 27, 2020

Via Video Conference, Afghan Government and Taliban Discuss Prisoner Releases

By Catherine Putz
Despite political infighting in Kabul, the government and Taliban are discussing the first step in their peace process.
March 25, 2020

Atambayev Trial Begins With Postponement

By Catherine Putz
Just as it was finally beginning, the trial of Almazbek Atambayev was postponed.

March 24, 2020

Border Closures in Eurasia Complicate Migrant Worker Movement

By Catherine Putz
With COVID-19 causing border closures, Central Asia's migrant workers are stuck and out of luck.

March 19, 2020

US Diplomats Urge Afghans to Set Political Squabbles Aside

By Catherine Putz
Top U.S. diplomats dealing with the Afghan conundrum have urged unity and progress; but the political impasse in Kabul persists.

March 18, 2020

Another 13 Years on Corruption Charges for Gulnara Karimova

By Catherine Putz
Meanwhile, negotiations go on between the Swiss and Uzbek governments over millions in frozen assets.

March 16, 2020

COVID-19 Arrives in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
It was only a matter of time.
March 06, 2020

Asian Women Among Time’s 100 Women of the Year

By Catherine Putz
Exploring Asia’s powerful and influential women among Time’s 100 Women of the Year.

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