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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 01, 2022

Botakoz Kassymbekova and Erica Marat on Russia’s ‘Imperial Myth’

By Catherine Putz
Russia’s longstanding “imperial myth” holds that “Russia did not attack and colonize, but liberated and saved the colonized.”

June 30, 2022

Uzbek Company Falls Afoul of Russia Sanctions 

By Catherine Putz
In listing an Uzbekistan-based company, the U.S. State Department has a warning: “If you do business with sanctioned entities or individuals, you risk exposure to sanctions.”
June 29, 2022

Russia’s Putin Makes First Trip Abroad Since Invasion, to Tajikistan and Turkmenistan

By Catherine Putz
The warm welcome in Dushanbe and meetings around the Caspian table in Ashgabat were a chance for Putin to reaffirm his network of partners at a critical moment.

June 29, 2022

NATO’s Madrid Summit and the Interlinkages Between European and Asian Security

By Ankit Panda and Catherine Putz
Why are the leaders of Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, and Japan heading to a NATO summit?

June 29, 2022

Tajikistan Lifts Internet Block on GBAO. What’s Next?

By Catherine Putz
As with previous rounds of unrest and crackdown in GBAO, the core issues remain unresolved.

June 28, 2022

Constitutional Changes Ahead for Uzbekistan

By Catherine Putz
Mirziyoyev looks set to follow in his predecessor's footsteps, tinkering with the constitution to stay in power indefinitely.
June 21, 2022

What Are the Social and Political Values of the Afghan People?

By Catherine Putz
Maryam Baryalay on the political norms and values of the Afghan people.

June 15, 2022

Tokayev Downplays January CSTO Deployment to Kazakhstan

By Catherine Putz
In a recent interview, the Kazakh president again pushed back against those in Russia who say Moscow "saved" Kazakhstan in January.

June 15, 2022

Takeaways From the 2022 Shangri-La Dialogue

By Ankit Panda and Catherine Putz
The Shangri-La Dialogue returned to convene for the first time since 2019 this year. What was on the agenda?

June 14, 2022

Is There Room in ‘New Kazakhstan’ For New Political Parties?

By Catherine Putz
The troubles of Zhanbolat Mamai make it clear that Kazakh authorities have little interest in genuine political competition.

June 09, 2022

Geopolitics and China’s Engagement in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
Beijing might say that there's no geopolitics wrapped up in its regional engagements, but it's plain to see.
June 09, 2022

Homophobia Feeds Corruption, Abuse in Uzbekistan

By Catherine Putz
Uzbekistan’s LGBTQ community faces discrimination and violence, but the criminalization of sexual relations between men also generates opportunities for extortion and further abuse.

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