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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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Tajikistan Issues 12-Year Sentence to Whistleblower Journalist
July 12, 2018
Tajikistan Issues 12-Year Sentence to Whistleblower Journalist
Khayrullo Mirsaidov reported corruption in a November 2017 open letter. On July 11 he was convicted of embezzlement.
Tajikistan Issues 12-Year Sentence to Whistleblower Journalist
Uzbekistan Set to Introduce E-Visas
July 11, 2018
Uzbekistan Set to Introduce E-Visas
Tashkent will also introduce a five-day visa-free transit scheme, positioning the country as a better Eurasian hub.
Uzbekistan Set to Introduce E-Visas
Many Questions Remain After Uzbekistan Fines US Citizen Over Alleged IMU Links
July 06, 2018
Many Questions Remain After Uzbekistan Fines US Citizen Over Alleged IMU Links
Unexpectedly, Uzbekistan levied only a small fine on a man the state says has links to the IMU.
Many Questions Remain After Uzbekistan Fines US Citizen Over Alleged IMU Links
Detailing an Arbitrary Detention in Tajikistan
July 06, 2018
Detailing an Arbitrary Detention in Tajikistan
The details of Dushanbe’s human rights violations tell the story of a state afraid of its own people but not of international law.
Detailing an Arbitrary Detention in Tajikistan
What's Stands in the Way of Tajikistan's Development? Basically Everything
June 28, 2018
What's Stands in the Way of Tajikistan's Development? Basically Everything
Bad governance structures and rampant corruption underpin a system that lacks justice.
What's Stands in the Way of Tajikistan's Development? Basically Everything
Kyrgyzstan Hunt for Power Plant Corruption Continues
June 27, 2018
Kyrgyzstan Hunt for Power Plant Corruption Continues
A second former prime minister was arrested last week in conjunction with the unfolding power plant corruption saga.
Kyrgyzstan Hunt for Power Plant Corruption Continues
Even the Ghost of a Possible Protest Spooks Kazakhstan
June 26, 2018
Even the Ghost of a Possible Protest Spooks Kazakhstan
Mukhtar Ablyazov's efforts to orchestrate protests from abroad have had feeble results. But Kazakh authorities are taking no chances.
Even the Ghost of a Possible Protest Spooks Kazakhstan
Carefully, Kazakhstan Confronts China About Kazakhs in Xinjiang Re-Education Camps
June 14, 2018
Carefully, Kazakhstan Confronts China About Kazakhs in Xinjiang Re-Education Camps
Astana can't afford to push Beijing too hard, even on behalf of its own citizens detained in Xinjiang re-education camps.
Carefully, Kazakhstan Confronts China About Kazakhs in Xinjiang Re-Education Camps
A West in Crisis, an East Rising? Comparing the G7 and the SCO
June 12, 2018
A West in Crisis, an East Rising? Comparing the G7 and the SCO
The two summits, occurring almost contemporaneously, invite easy comparisons focused on tone and optics. What about substance?
A West in Crisis, an East Rising? Comparing the G7 and the SCO
Kyrgyzstan Navigates Domestic Political Firestorm, Hopes to Avoid Burning China
June 07, 2018
Kyrgyzstan Navigates Domestic Political Firestorm, Hopes to Avoid Burning China
The failure of the Bishkek power plant in January has had domestic fallout, but its bilateral dimension could scorch Beijing too.
Kyrgyzstan Navigates Domestic Political Firestorm, Hopes to Avoid Burning China
Suicide Bomber Attacks Gathering of Afghan Clerics Which Had Just Denounced Suicide Bombings
June 05, 2018
Suicide Bomber Attacks Gathering of Afghan Clerics Which Had Just Denounced Suicide Bombings
The gathering of about 2,000 Muslim scholars and clerics had endorsed a fatwa against the war, calling suicide bombings a sin.
Suicide Bomber Attacks Gathering of Afghan Clerics Which Had Just Denounced Suicide Bombings
Will OPEC Ease Production Cut Agreement Early?
June 05, 2018
Will OPEC Ease Production Cut Agreement Early?
OPEC and non-OPEC oil majors meet later this month to decide on ending production cut scheme early
Will OPEC Ease Production Cut Agreement Early?
Turkish Company Complains About Turkmenistan's Empty Pockets
June 04, 2018
Turkish Company Complains About Turkmenistan's Empty Pockets
In a recent Reuters report, a Turkish company claims Ashgabat hasn't paid up for completed contracts.
Turkish Company Complains About Turkmenistan's Empty Pockets
A Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan Ends in a Young Woman's Death
June 01, 2018
A Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan Ends in a Young Woman's Death
Burulai Turdaaly Kyzy was reportedly stabbed to death inside a police station by the man who had abducted her.
A Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan Ends in a Young Woman's Death
The Bishkek Power Plant Saga: Former Kyrgyz Prime Minister Faces Corruption Charges
May 31, 2018
The Bishkek Power Plant Saga: Former Kyrgyz Prime Minister Faces Corruption Charges
Sapar Isakov stands accused of lobbying for the interests of the Chinese company that modernized the Bishkek power plant.
The Bishkek Power Plant Saga: Former Kyrgyz Prime Minister Faces Corruption Charges
Can Trump Bring Balance to US-Uzbekistan Relations?
May 17, 2018
Can Trump Bring Balance to US-Uzbekistan Relations?
As Tashkent and Washington revive their strategic partnership, eyes are on reforms.
Can Trump Bring Balance to US-Uzbekistan Relations?
Uzbekistan: Reforms on the Right Path
May 16, 2018
Uzbekistan: Reforms on the Right Path
An exclusive interview with Uzbek Minister of Justice Ruslanbek Davletov
Uzbekistan: Reforms on the Right Path
Uzbek Officials Discuss Human Rights in Washington
May 15, 2018
Uzbek Officials Discuss Human Rights in Washington
A few years ago such a panel -- seating a human rights researcher next to an Uzbek official -- would have been unthinkable.
Uzbek Officials Discuss Human Rights in Washington
In Uzbekistan, Abdullaev Case Concludes With Freedom
May 08, 2018
In Uzbekistan, Abdullaev Case Concludes With Freedom
The defendants were set free; the judge ordered the state security service to look into its “violations” during the investigation.
In Uzbekistan, Abdullaev Case Concludes With Freedom
What Makes America the Most Powerful State in Asia?
May 07, 2018
What Makes America the Most Powerful State in Asia?
In the Lowy Institute's Asia Power Index, Washington remains on top. But China isn't far behind.
What Makes America the Most Powerful State in Asia?
Kyrgyzstan: Power, Prime Ministers, and Power Plants
April 27, 2018
Kyrgyzstan: Power, Prime Ministers, and Power Plants
In 2018, both the Bishkek power plant and the Atambayev-Jeenbekov relationship began malfunctioning.
Kyrgyzstan: Power, Prime Ministers, and Power Plants
From Bad to Worse: Press Freedom in Eurasia Continues to Decline
April 26, 2018
From Bad to Worse: Press Freedom in Eurasia Continues to Decline
Uzbekistan is the only Central Asian country to see improvement, but it's still near the bottom of the rankings.
From Bad to Worse: Press Freedom in Eurasia Continues to Decline
Uzbekistan Agrees to ‘Take Part’ in TAPI
April 24, 2018
Uzbekistan Agrees to ‘Take Part’ in TAPI
It’s unclear how Uzbek participation in the pipeline project will manifest.
Uzbekistan Agrees to ‘Take Part’ in TAPI
Tajikistan Still Considering Engagement With the Eurasian Economic Union
April 23, 2018
Tajikistan Still Considering Engagement With the Eurasian Economic Union
Russia recently proposed Tajikistan join the EAEU as an observer, downgrading previous pushes for full membership.
Tajikistan Still Considering Engagement With the Eurasian Economic Union
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