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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
June 23, 2021

Can the UN Push Afghanistan and the Taliban Back to the Negotiating Table?

By Catherine Putz
If the path to peace in Afghanistan is via negotiation, the Taliban don’t seem to be keen on taking that road.

June 22, 2021

New Opposition Party in Uzbekistan Denied Registration, Again

By Catherine Putz
The Truth and Progress party, after being rejected in April, re-applied but was again rejected by the Ministry of Justice.
June 17, 2021

UN Working Group Finds Kadyr Yusupov’s Detention in Uzbekistan Arbitrary

By Catherine Putz
The working group called on Uzbek authorities to immediately release the former diplomat.

June 15, 2021

Kyrgyz President Japarov Visits Turkey

By Catherine Putz
Japarov reportedly asked about the disappearance of Orhan Inandi, but in typical style Erdogan dodged and stressed the need to combat “FETO.”

June 10, 2021

Kyrgyzstan Reviewing Entry Bans on Rittmann and Rickleton

By Catherine Putz
In a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov wrote that he has ordered a review of entry bans imposed on journalist Chris Rickleton and human rights researcher Mihra Rittmann.

June 10, 2021

10 Killed in Attack on Demining Camp in Afghanistan

By Catherine Putz
“What took place last night was genuinely horrific: Ten men, murdered in their beds.”
June 09, 2021

World Bank: Uncertainty in Post-COVID Recovery in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
Although forecasts have improved slightly, the World Bank warns of considerable uncertainty when it comes to post-COVID recovery in the Europe and Central Asia region.

June 09, 2021

Kazakhstan: Please Don’t ‘Politicize’ the Eurasian Economic Union

By Catherine Putz
Let’s keep to discussions about trade, okay?

June 04, 2021

Founder of Kyrgyzstan’s Gulen-linked Schools Missing, Kidnapping Suspected

By Catherine Putz
Where is Orhan Inandi?

June 03, 2021

Top US Diplomat Holds Call With Tajik Counterpart

By Catherine Putz
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken had a phone call on June 1 with his Tajik counterpart.

June 02, 2021

Canada’s Centerra Says Kyrgyzstan Refusing to Engage Over Kumtor Mine Dispute

By Catherine Putz
Centerra’s Kyrgyz subsidiaries filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the United States as the company seeks to talk things out with Bishkek.
May 27, 2021

Kyrgyz-Tajik Border Woes Lead to Wider Bilateral Tensions

By Catherine Putz
A lack of communication bedevils current Kyrgyz-Tajik relations.

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