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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 and the National Press Club.

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Posts by Catherine Putz
December 09, 2022

Why So Much Attention on Russia’s Vague Proposal for a ‘Gas Union’ With Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan?

By Catherine Putz
Central Asia might actually be interested in Russian gas, but please don’t call it a “union.”

December 07, 2022

Putin to Visit Kyrgyzstan for EAEU Summit

By Catherine Putz
Authorities in the Kyrgyz capital extended a ban on protests that’s been in place most of the year, hoping to head off any trouble when Putin (and Mirziyoyev) come to town.
December 06, 2022

Russia Wants to Speed up Joint Nuclear Power Plant Project in Uzbekistan

By Catherine Putz
Uzbekistan has both financial and political reasons to pump the brakes, even if Tashkent has no intention of scrapping the project.

December 03, 2022

China’s Late-2022 Protests: ‘Zero-Covid’ At the Breaking Point?

By Ankit Panda and Catherine Putz
What's driving China's late-2022 protests?

December 02, 2022

What Tajikistan’s Persecution of Faromuz Irgashev Really Means

By Catherine Putz
The journey of Faromuz Irgashev from presidential hopeful to prison underscores Tajikistan’s total descent into authoritarianism.

December 01, 2022

Kyrgyz and Uzbek Presidents Sign Border Agreements Into Law

By Catherine Putz
They did so separately, however, given how contentious the agreement on the Kempir-Abad reservoir is in Kyrgyzstan.
December 01, 2022

Natasha Kuhrt on Russia’s Relationships in Asia

By Catherine Putz
A decade after Russia’s “Asia pivot,” Moscow is embroiled in a war in Europe. Where do Russia’s relationships in Asia now stand?

November 29, 2022

Kazakhstan Walks Diplomatic Tightrope Between Russia and Europe

By Catherine Putz
Back-to-back visits by Kazakh President Tokayev this week to Moscow and Paris underscore Astana’s unique position.

November 29, 2022

Nargis Nehan and Yalda Royan on Afghan Women Fighting for Their Rights

By Catherine Putz
“After the collapse of the state, everything changed for Afghan women.”

November 29, 2022

Kyrgyz Journalist Bolot Temirov Deported to Russia

By Catherine Putz
The latest twist in Temirov’s tale saw the Kyrgyz citizen-by-birth deported as a “foreigner.”

November 22, 2022

The G20, APEC, and ASEAN Summits: Taking Stock of November 2022 Diplomacy in Asia

By Ankit Panda and Catherine Putz
What transpired at various summits in Asia this month?
November 21, 2022

Tokayev Secures Presidency in Old Kazakhstan-Style Early Election

By Catherine Putz
In “New Kazakhstan,” an typical old Kazakhstan-style election grants Tokayev power through 2029.

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