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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
September 18, 2020

Muhiddin Kabiri Speaks Online, Tajikistan’s Internet Shuts Down

By Catherine Putz
A coincidence? When IRPT leader Kabiri spoke this week in an online event his message was cut off from Tajikistan by “technical glitches.” 

September 16, 2020

Swiss-Uzbek Agreement a Step Toward Returning Many Millions to Uzbekistan

By Catherine Putz
Can the Uzbek government ensure that those who participated in Gulnara Karimova’s corruption do not benefit from it once more?
September 15, 2020

Kazakh Activist’s ‘Fake News’ Conviction Upheld

By Catherine Putz
What concerns the Kazakh government isn’t “fake news” but its own fear that incompetence, pointed out, will undermine the current power structures.

September 15, 2020

Field Set for Tajik Election, No Surprises

By Catherine Putz
With less than a month until election day, Rahmon stands prominently in a field of unsurprising candidates unlikely to rock the boat.

September 11, 2020

How Is the SCO’s ‘Shanghai Spirit’ Faring in 2020?

By Catherine Putz
With India-China tensions at a boil, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s foreign ministers are gathering in Moscow.

September 10, 2020

US Aims for 4,500 Troops in Afghanistan by November

By Catherine Putz
CENTCOM Commander McKenzie told reporters U.S. withdrawal plans aim for 4,500 troops in Afghanistan on a “October, late October, November time frame.”
September 10, 2020

After Another Reversal, 16 Parties Set to Stand in Kyrgyzstan’s Parliamentary Election

By Catherine Putz
Kyrgyzstan's Central Election Commission had another of its decisions to reject a party's registration reversed by a court.

September 09, 2020

Bombing Targets Afghan VP as Taliban Talks Again ‘Imminent’

By Catherine Putz
Amid the push to start talks, a recent bombing illustrates that Afghanistan's security problems are bigger than just the Taliban.

September 09, 2020

A Discussion With US Senator Chris Murphy About Subnational Diplomacy and China

By Catherine Putz
The City and State Diplomacy Act has an unmistakable target, even if the text of bill does not name it: China. 

September 09, 2020

Will Emomali Rahmon Have Any Serious Challengers for the Tajik Presidency?

By Catherine Putz
A 30-year-old Tajik lawyer declared his intention to run and was almost immediately questioned by the security services. Rahmon is unlikely to tolerate a genuine challenger.

September 03, 2020

Survey Says: Kyrgyz Intend to Vote in October But Aren’t Sure For What Party

By Catherine Putz
A recent survey indicates that a majority of Kyrgyz intend to vote in October, but they aren't settled on what party they'll ultimately cast a ballot for.
September 03, 2020

Why Did Tajikistan Make an Appearance in the China Military Power Report?

By Catherine Putz
The U.S. Department of Defense included Tajikistan in a list of possible locations for future Chinese military facilities.

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