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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
March 09, 2021

Kyrgyzstan Expected to Greenlight Controversial Constitutional Referendum

By Catherine Putz
The referendum, the second this year, is likely to be set for April 11.

March 08, 2021

The Blinken Letter: A Renewed Push for Afghan Peace, Proposals Both New and Old

By Catherine Putz
Parts of the brief letter have drawn a strong reaction from Afghan leaders, while talks dangle in Doha.
March 05, 2021

Vaccine Diplomacy in Central Asia: Russia vs. China?

By Catherine Putz
Can “vaccine diplomacy” change any minds in Central Asia when it comes to the Russia vs. China equation?

March 04, 2021

US Decries Release of Kyrgyz ‘Crime Boss’ Kolbaev

By Catherine Putz
Since 2014, the U.S. has offered a $1 million reward to information leading to the disruption of Kolbaev's alleged criminal network. No takers, so far.

March 03, 2021

Kyrgyzstan Tumbles in Freedom of the World Ranking

By Catherine Putz
On the back of its October 2020 upheaval and the ensuring political drama, Kyrgyzstan fell into the “not free” category with the rest of the region.

March 03, 2021

Japarov Makes State Visit to Kazakhstan, Meets With Tokayev and Nazarbayev

By Catherine Putz
The core purpose of Japarov’s visit was to make the personal connections that form the lifeblood of Central Asian interstate relations.
March 02, 2021

Billions of US Dollars Wasted in Afghanistan

By Catherine Putz
The United States poured billions into building stuff in Afghanistan, but much of it has been unused or abandoned.

March 02, 2021

Will Uzbekistan Allow an Opposition Candidate to Run for President?

By Catherine Putz
Recent events further dim already bleak hopes for a free and fair presidential election in Uzbekistan later this year.

March 02, 2021

Understanding Pressure on Human Rights in Kyrgyzstan

By Catherine Putz
A new report outlines Kyrgyzstan's challenges, with an eye on helping Western partners recalibrate their engagement with the country.

February 26, 2021

RFE/RL’s Uzbek Service Reveals Secret Mountain Resort

By Catherine Putz
In an investigation released this week, RFE/RL poked into the Uzbek president’s alleged secret resort in the mountains.

February 25, 2021

Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov in Russia for First Foreign Visit

By Catherine Putz
Russia as a first destination for a Kyrgyz president is no surprise; it’s essentially tradition.
February 23, 2021

What Has the US Learned About Supporting Afghanistan’s Women?

By Catherine Putz
Firstly, the country's cultural context cannot be ignored.

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