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Catherine Putz

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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Why Do We Watch the Shuffling of Officials in Central Asia So Closely?
February 15, 2019
Why Do We Watch the Shuffling of Officials in Central Asia So Closely?
In one day, out the next -- what does the shuffling of officials in Central Asia really tell us?
Why Do We Watch the Shuffling of Officials in Central Asia So Closely?
Turkmenistan: More Cuts and Bad Business
January 31, 2019
Turkmenistan: More Cuts and Bad Business
Ashgabat is still trying to cut expenses wherever it can, and even foreign companies are feeling the pinch.
Turkmenistan: More Cuts and Bad Business
The Art of the Balance: Japan, China and the United States
January 30, 2019
The Art of the Balance: Japan, China and the United States
It’s no easy thing to balance a distant ally with a worrisome close neighbor.
The Art of the Balance: Japan, China and the United States
Agreeing to Agree: The Afghan Peace Process Sort of Moves Forward
January 29, 2019
Agreeing to Agree: The Afghan Peace Process Sort of Moves Forward
U.S. envoy in charge of the quest for a peace deal in Afghanistan encouraged by recent progress, but hurdles remain.
Agreeing to Agree: The Afghan Peace Process Sort of Moves Forward
Tajikistan 2020: What to Watch as Tajikistan Approaches an Election Year
January 29, 2019
Tajikistan 2020: What to Watch as Tajikistan Approaches an Election Year
It's a long way off to closely watch a likely predictable election, but here are some key things to keep tabs on.
Tajikistan 2020: What to Watch as Tajikistan Approaches an Election Year
A Tale of Tajik Air's Troubles
January 25, 2019
A Tale of Tajik Air's Troubles
Witness the Tajik nepotocracy at work.
A Tale of Tajik Air's Troubles
A Reliable Partnership: German-Uzbek Relations in the Spotlight
January 24, 2019
A Reliable Partnership: German-Uzbek Relations in the Spotlight
German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev that Germany wants to be "Uzbekistan's reliable partner."
A Reliable Partnership: German-Uzbek Relations in the Spotlight
Sarah Cameron: Famine and Unimaginable Sorrow in Soviet Kazakhstan
January 22, 2019
Sarah Cameron: Famine and Unimaginable Sorrow in Soviet Kazakhstan
A discussion of Soviet policy, a devastating famine, and the making of Kazakhstan.
Sarah Cameron: Famine and Unimaginable Sorrow in Soviet Kazakhstan
How Concerned Is Turkmenistan About Its Afghan Border?
January 17, 2019
How Concerned Is Turkmenistan About Its Afghan Border?
A reported drive to register men under 50 for the army reserves hints at underlying concern about the border.
How Concerned Is Turkmenistan About Its Afghan Border?
Previously Jailed Tajik Journalist Ordered Back to Prison
January 14, 2019
Previously Jailed Tajik Journalist Ordered Back to Prison
Khayrullo Mirsaidov, authorities claim, breached a court order by seeing medical treatment abroad.
Previously Jailed Tajik Journalist Ordered Back to Prison
Citizens of 45 More Countries to Get Visa-Free Access to Uzbekistan
January 09, 2019
Citizens of 45 More Countries to Get Visa-Free Access to Uzbekistan
As of February 1, tourists from 45 additional countries will be able to travel to Uzbekistan for 30 days without a visa.
Citizens of 45 More Countries to Get Visa-Free Access to Uzbekistan
6 Central Asians on Trial in Sweden for Terrorism Financing
January 08, 2019
6 Central Asians on Trial in Sweden for Terrorism Financing
Three have additionally been charged with plotting an attack.
6 Central Asians on Trial in Sweden for Terrorism Financing
Bar Brawl Death Touches Off Caustic Ethnic Tension Debate in Kazakhstan
January 08, 2019
Bar Brawl Death Touches Off Caustic Ethnic Tension Debate in Kazakhstan
The facts of the initial fight, in which a young man was killed, have been entirely eclipsed by the politics of nationalism.
Bar Brawl Death Touches Off Caustic Ethnic Tension Debate in Kazakhstan
Former Kyrgyz Prime Minister Faces 20 Years on Corruption Charges
January 07, 2019
Former Kyrgyz Prime Minister Faces 20 Years on Corruption Charges
if convicted, Sapar Isakov faces up to 20 years in prison on corruption charges levied under heavy political clouds.
Former Kyrgyz Prime Minister Faces 20 Years on Corruption Charges
Uzbekistan Abolishes Exit Visa System
January 03, 2019
Uzbekistan Abolishes Exit Visa System
With the move, the country has discarded one more vestige of the Soviet past.
Uzbekistan Abolishes Exit Visa System
Shrinking Budgets and Less Booze in Turkmenistan, the Home of Prosperity
January 03, 2019
Shrinking Budgets and Less Booze in Turkmenistan, the Home of Prosperity
Turkmenistan's economic perils could drive a person to drink, but that's more difficult with a new law restricting alcohol sales.
Shrinking Budgets and Less Booze in Turkmenistan, the Home of Prosperity
2018: The Best of The Diplomat
December 29, 2018
2018: The Best of The Diplomat
Here are our most read articles of 2018!
2018: The Best of The Diplomat
Can Uzbekistan Become a Model Secular, Muslim-Majority State?
December 21, 2018
Can Uzbekistan Become a Model Secular, Muslim-Majority State?
Uzbekistan's efforts to expand religious freedoms in the country have not gone unnoticed, but challenges remain.
Can Uzbekistan Become a Model Secular, Muslim-Majority State?
Edward Lemon on Tajikistan’s Trajectory
December 18, 2018
Edward Lemon on Tajikistan’s Trajectory
A discussion of dams, terrorism, and nepotocracy in Tajikistan.
Edward Lemon on Tajikistan’s Trajectory
Who Postponed the CSTO Summit?
December 06, 2018
Who Postponed the CSTO Summit?
It's a he-said, he-said situation but the meaning is clear: All is not well in the CSTO
Who Postponed the CSTO Summit?
Kazakhstan's Ever-Shrinking Political Arena
December 05, 2018
Kazakhstan's Ever-Shrinking Political Arena
Kazakhstan’s political arena has little room for new parties or old foes.
Kazakhstan's Ever-Shrinking Political Arena
Central Asians Organize to Draw Attention to Xinjiang Camps
December 04, 2018
Central Asians Organize to Draw Attention to Xinjiang Camps
Efforts in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan to garner attention on the Xinjiang camps have grown, but still to little effect.
Central Asians Organize to Draw Attention to Xinjiang Camps
Kyrgyz MP Wants Only Good News
November 30, 2018
Kyrgyz MP Wants Only Good News
Wonder how he feels about satire?
Kyrgyz MP Wants Only Good News
Tajikistan to Plug Back Into Central Asian Power Grid
November 28, 2018
Tajikistan to Plug Back Into Central Asian Power Grid
The ADB approved a $35 million grant to reconnect Tajikistan’s electricity system to the once-unified Central Asian power grid via Uzbekistan.
Tajikistan to Plug Back Into Central Asian Power Grid
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