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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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Tajik Activist Returned to Tajikistan From Turkey
February 22, 2018
Tajik Activist Returned to Tajikistan From Turkey
Human rights groups say Namunjon Sharipov was forcibly returned to Tajikistan.
Tajik Activist Returned to Tajikistan From Turkey
Journalist's Detention a Test Case for Uzbek Regime on Human Rights
February 15, 2018
Journalist's Detention a Test Case for Uzbek Regime on Human Rights
Bobomurod Abdullaev, a journalist, was detained in September 2017 by Uzbekistan's secret police.
Journalist's Detention a Test Case for Uzbek Regime on Human Rights
Stockholm Attacker Rakhmat Akilov Pleads Guilty to Terrorism
February 14, 2018
Stockholm Attacker Rakhmat Akilov Pleads Guilty to Terrorism
Before the attack, Akilov was in touch with Islamic State recruiters via messaging apps.
Stockholm Attacker Rakhmat Akilov Pleads Guilty to Terrorism
What Did the Uzbek Foreign Minister's Iran Visit Achieve?
February 13, 2018
What Did the Uzbek Foreign Minister's Iran Visit Achieve?
Uzbek Foreign Minister Kamilov just made his second visit to Iran in less than six months, this time to talk regional issues like Afghanistan.
What Did the Uzbek Foreign Minister's Iran Visit Achieve?
US Air Campaign in Afghanistan Hits Targets Near Tajik and Chinese Border
February 09, 2018
US Air Campaign in Afghanistan Hits Targets Near Tajik and Chinese Border
The U.S. airstrikes in Badakhshan are likely to please China, which may be helping the Afghans build a base in the region.
US Air Campaign in Afghanistan Hits Targets Near Tajik and Chinese Border
CASA-1000 Creeps Toward Construction Bridging Central and South Asia
February 08, 2018
CASA-1000 Creeps Toward Construction Bridging Central and South Asia
The time is quickly approaching when the CASA-1000 countries need to actually start building things.
CASA-1000 Creeps Toward Construction Bridging Central and South Asia
An Indigenous Perspective on World War II’s Solomon Islands Campaign
February 07, 2018
An Indigenous Perspective on World War II’s Solomon Islands Campaign
Anna Annie Kwai’s new book brings indigenous wartime contributions and experiences to the forefront.
An Indigenous Perspective on World War II’s Solomon Islands Campaign
Kyrgyz Optimistic About Country's Direction and Economy, But Troubled by Corruption
February 06, 2018
Kyrgyz Optimistic About Country's Direction and Economy, But Troubled by Corruption
Corruption remains a top problem for Kyrgyzstan, even as citizens are optimistic about the country's direction.
Kyrgyz Optimistic About Country's Direction and Economy, But Troubled by Corruption
Uzbekistan Loosens Visa Controls, Again
February 06, 2018
Uzbekistan Loosens Visa Controls, Again
Citizens of 39 countries promised simplified visa procedures and 7 countries granted visa-free travel to Uzbekistan.
Uzbekistan Loosens Visa Controls, Again
Kazakhstan Makes Arrests After Deadly Bus Fire Killed 52 Uzbek Labor Migrants
February 02, 2018
Kazakhstan Makes Arrests After Deadly Bus Fire Killed 52 Uzbek Labor Migrants
Uzbekistan, especially, needs to confront the underlying economic issues behind labor migration.
Kazakhstan Makes Arrests After Deadly Bus Fire Killed 52 Uzbek Labor Migrants
Uzbekistan Dismisses Long-Serving and Much-Feared Security Service Chief
February 01, 2018
Uzbekistan Dismisses Long-Serving and Much-Feared Security Service Chief
President Mirziyoyev’s dismissal of Rustam Inoyatov may be power consolidation, but it may also clear the way for reforms.
Uzbekistan Dismisses Long-Serving and Much-Feared Security Service Chief
Trump’s Way of War in Afghanistan: More Explosions, Less Information
January 31, 2018
Trump’s Way of War in Afghanistan: More Explosions, Less Information
Trump promised a conditions-based approach to Afghanistan. Now the U.S. military is withholding data about the conditions.
Trump’s Way of War in Afghanistan: More Explosions, Less Information
Bitter Cold Hits Bishkek, Chinese-Repaired Power Plant Breaks Down
January 30, 2018
Bitter Cold Hits Bishkek, Chinese-Repaired Power Plant Breaks Down
While temperatures plummeted in the Kyrgyz capital, anger rose over failures at a power plant modernized three years ago.
Bitter Cold Hits Bishkek, Chinese-Repaired Power Plant Breaks Down
Pakistan's Ongoing Media Crackdown Takes Aim at RFE/RL
January 27, 2018
Pakistan's Ongoing Media Crackdown Takes Aim at RFE/RL
Pakistani intelligence says RFE/RL's Pashto-language Radio Mashaal aired programs "against the interests of Pakistan."
Pakistan's Ongoing Media Crackdown Takes Aim at RFE/RL
Prominent US Human Rights Lawyer Takes Up Case of Jailed Kazakh Businessman
January 26, 2018
Prominent US Human Rights Lawyer Takes Up Case of Jailed Kazakh Businessman
Jared Genser's firm described Iskander Yerimbetov as "a hostage" of the Kazakh state who had been subjected to torture.
Prominent US Human Rights Lawyer Takes Up Case of Jailed Kazakh Businessman
Islamic State Claims Attack on Save the Children Office in Jalalabad
January 25, 2018
Islamic State Claims Attack on Save the Children Office in Jalalabad
As of writing, official sources indicate that at least three people have been killed and 20 injured.
Islamic State Claims Attack on Save the Children Office in Jalalabad
Central Asian States Step Up Afghan Diplomacy
January 23, 2018
Central Asian States Step Up Afghan Diplomacy
Led by Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, Central Asia is taking a more active role in engaging with Afghanistan.
Central Asian States Step Up Afghan Diplomacy
Nazarbayev Goes to Washington
January 17, 2018
Nazarbayev Goes to Washington
Bilateral trade, Afghanistan, and North Korea's nukes were on the agenda.
Nazarbayev Goes to Washington
Remember the Eurasian Economic Union?
January 13, 2018
Remember the Eurasian Economic Union?
Oh yeah, that...how’s that going?
Remember the Eurasian Economic Union?
Promise of Progress: Visas and Borders on the Uzbek-Tajik Agenda
January 12, 2018
Promise of Progress: Visas and Borders on the Uzbek-Tajik Agenda
An agreement on visa-free travel up to a month between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan is in the works.
Promise of Progress: Visas and Borders on the Uzbek-Tajik Agenda
Trump to Host Kazakh President Next Week
January 11, 2018
Trump to Host Kazakh President Next Week
The visit will be Nursultan Nazarbayev's first under the presidency of Donald Trump.
Trump to Host Kazakh President Next Week
Full of Gold: Chinese Company Which Sacked Kyrgyz Miners Claims Hard Times
January 10, 2018
Full of Gold: Chinese Company Which Sacked Kyrgyz Miners Claims Hard Times
Full Gold Mining fired 370 Kyrgyz workers after they refused new contracts that included a 30 percent salary cut.
Full of Gold: Chinese Company Which Sacked Kyrgyz Miners Claims Hard Times
Uzbekistan’s President to Visit Tajikistan Soon
January 09, 2018
Uzbekistan’s President to Visit Tajikistan Soon
While there's no date yet, the visit is expected in early 2018 and will mark a significant diplomatic step in the region.
Uzbekistan’s President to Visit Tajikistan Soon
Apologies and Blame: Former Economy Minister on Trial in Kazakhstan for Corruption
January 09, 2018
Apologies and Blame: Former Economy Minister on Trial in Kazakhstan for Corruption
Kuandyk Bishimbayev, accused of bribery and embezzlement, maintains his innocence.
Apologies and Blame: Former Economy Minister on Trial in Kazakhstan for Corruption
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