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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
July 06, 2020

Kazakhstan Locks Down, Again, as COVID-19 Cases Rise

By Catherine Putz
On Sunday, Nur-Sultan imposed a second nation-wide lockdown in hopes of getting a grip on soaring case numbers.

July 01, 2020

Assessing Corporate Integrity in Uzbekistan’s Cotton Clusters

By Catherine Putz
The landmark privatization scheme took cotton out of the government’s direct hands and placed it in private “clusters” -- but not without significant risks.
July 01, 2020

Benedict J. Tria Kerkvliet on Speaking Out in Vietnam

By Catherine Putz
How speaking out fits into Vietnam’s political system and the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

June 30, 2020

Undaunted, Joint Investigation Rolls Out Records Backing Corruption Reporting

By Catherine Putz
RFE/RL, OCCRP and Kloop have published two new reports as well as a database filled with documents provided by murdered former money launderer Aierken Saimaiti.

June 29, 2020

Trump Denies Knowledge of Intel Report on Russian Bounties for Killing Americans in Afghanistan

By Catherine Putz
A series of media reports, citing U.S. intelligence sources, allege that President Trump was briefed on an alleged Russian operation offering bounties for dead Americans in Afghanistan.

June 26, 2020

Central Asian States Take on ‘False Information’

By Catherine Putz
Laws put in place to support the fight against COVID-19 by targeting false information are easily abused to crack down on negative opinions and dissent.
June 25, 2020

Russia’s Victory Day Guests

By Catherine Putz
Who showed up to Moscow’s rescheduled Victory Day parade?

June 24, 2020

In Afghanistan, Healthcare Services Targeted for Attacks

By Catherine Putz
In just over 10 weeks, amid a pandemic, a dozen attacks deliberately targeted healthcare workers or services in Afghanistan. 

June 23, 2020

11-Year Sentence for Former Kyrgyz President Atambayev’s Role in Early Release of Aziz Batukayev

By Catherine Putz
Atambayev faces an additional, ongoing trial related to the violence that erupted when the state tried to detain him in August 2019.

June 18, 2020

Kazakhstan’s First President Nursultan Nazarbayev Tests Positive for COVID-19

By Catherine Putz
Now among Kazakhstan’s 15,877 reported cases of COVID-19: First President Nursultan Nazarbayev. 

June 17, 2020

Kyrgyz Prime Minister Steps Down Amid Telecom Scandal

By Catherine Putz
Kyrgyz prime ministers tend to have a short shelf-life.
June 16, 2020

Is Turkmenistan Nearing a COVID-19 Announcement?

By Catherine Putz
Turkmenistan’s denial of the virus’ presence in the country has inevitably cost lives. Not naming it doesn’t make it go away.

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