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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 14, 2021

More than $1.2 Billion in Humanitarian Aid Pledged to Afghanistan

By Catherine Putz
The Taliban’s ascension to power in Kabul has given way to an economic crisis, which in tandem with droughts has fueled a food crisis, too.

September 14, 2021

Ahead of Kyrgyz Parliamentary Elections, Elections Official Arrested on Fraud Charges

By Catherine Putz
Kyrgyzstan will finally hold parliamentary elections in late November, more than a year after a botched election spun the country into political turmoil.
September 13, 2021

What’s Next for Afghan Pilots Who Escaped to Central Asia?

By Catherine Putz
With Uzbekistan under pressure, those who landed in Termez are being moved to the UAE. Those in Tajikistan are waiting. 

September 08, 2021

Taliban Announce Acting Government Lineup

By Catherine Putz
The Taliban's “inclusive” government is made up of middle-aged male mullahs, mostly.

September 07, 2021

Kyrgyzstan Effectively Suspends Visas for Pakistan, India Amid Afghanistan Stress

By Catherine Putz
A pandemic-related influx of Pakistani and other South Asian travelers mixed with Afghanistan worries to produce a xenophobic backlash on social media.

September 03, 2021

With Taliban Government Announcement Looming, Afghanistan’s Women Worry and Protest

By Catherine Putz
The Taliban have said that women will be allowed to work, but “within the framework of Shariah.” If history is any guide, the Taliban's interpretation will be strict.
September 02, 2021

Kyrgyzstan Wiretapped Activists, Lawyers, MPs

By Catherine Putz
The Interior Ministry justified the wiretaps as part of investigations into the October 2020 unrest.

August 31, 2021

Uzbekistan and Tajikistan Hedge on Afghan Refugees

By Catherine Putz
Both countries have been willing to take some Afghan refugees in, but only temporarily. 

August 30, 2021

Islamic State Emerges From the Shadows as US Withdraws From Afghanistan

By Catherine Putz
ISK, or ISIS-K, is not a new actor in Afghanistan. It has long been one of the most brutal. 

August 27, 2021

Kabul Airport Targeted by Suicide Blasts Amid Frantic Evacuation Efforts

By Catherine Putz
Given the densely packed crowds outside the airport, casualties numbers are likely to rise as the situation develops further.

August 26, 2021

Taliban Takeover: World Bank and IMF Halt Aid; US Freezes Afghan Assets

By Catherine Putz
The Taliban can’t get its hands on Afghanistan’s money, much of which is held in the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank of New York. And aid agencies are pausing funding, too. 
August 26, 2021

Will Kyrgyzstan’s ‘False Information’ Law Threaten Free Speech?

By Catherine Putz
Japarov signed the bill passed by the parliament last month, but many questions remain about how it will be implemented.

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