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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
January 24, 2020

Accreditation Battle Continues Between RFE/RL and Tajikistan

By Catherine Putz
Four more employees - one a driver - of RFE/RL's Tajik Service have been given six-month accreditations. The press freedom battle goes on.

January 23, 2020

Uzbek Blogger Flees After Release from Psychiatric Facility

By Catherine Putz
Nafosat Olloshkurova's decision to leave Uzbekistan reflects just how far the state has yet to go with its reforms, particularly regarding free speech.
January 22, 2020

Why Is Kyrgyzstan Being Considered for the New U.S. Travel Ban?

By Catherine Putz
Politico reported that the Trump administration is considering expanding the controversial “travel ban” to seven more countries, including possibly Kyrgyzstan.

January 22, 2020

2 More Ethnic Kazakhs Who Fled Xinjiang Won’t Be Deported

By Catherine Putz
Murager Alimuly and Qaster Musakhanuly were given one-year prison sentences, but a Kazakh court declined to deport them.

January 18, 2020

Another Ethnic Kazakh Escapes Deportation to Xinjiang

By Catherine Putz
A court in Zharkent decided to not deport Tilek Tabarikuly, another ethnic Kazakh who escaped across the border with China.

January 16, 2020

Lavrov Closes Out Asia Trip With a Stop in Uzbekistan

By Catherine Putz
He made the trip on his way back to Moscow from India, where he’d attended the Raisina Dialogue. 
January 15, 2020

Could a Land Swap Settle the Tense Kyrgyz-Tajik Border?

By Catherine Putz
After fresh trouble in the Batken region, the Kyrgyz and Tajik sides have floated the possibility of a land swap to fix the border. 

January 14, 2020

All Gulnara’s Things: Karimov’s Daughter Again on Trial

By Catherine Putz
Meanwhile, Uzbek officials are reportedly searching Karimova’s Swiss mansion for stolen treasures.

January 13, 2020

Social Benefits Remain at the Heart of Ongoing Kazakh Frustration

By Catherine Putz
Nearly a year after a tragic fire, mothers in Kazakhstan continue to stage protests against insufficient government support.

January 10, 2020

Uzbekistan Reportedly Completes Demining Work on Tajik Border

By Catherine Putz
The Uzbek and Tajik sides have also moved on to demarcating their border, after extensive delimitation talks.

January 09, 2020

Secret Trial Hands Ex-Uzbek Diplomat Sentence for Treason

By Catherine Putz
The unfolding of Yusupov's case stands in direct contrast with the Uzbek government’s professions of progress and reform.
January 09, 2020

Across Asia, Economic Outlook Precarious

By Catherine Putz
Slowing growth in East Asia is matched with small recoveries in South and Central Asia in the latest World Bank forecast.

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