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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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Turkmenistan and Gazprom Settle 5-Year Gas Deal
July 04, 2019
Turkmenistan and Gazprom Settle 5-Year Gas Deal
Ashgabat is likely happy to have Russia back as a customer, no matter the price.
Turkmenistan and Gazprom Settle 5-Year Gas Deal
Tajikistan's Human Rights Record up for Review
July 04, 2019
Tajikistan's Human Rights Record up for Review
Since its last review at the UN Human Rights Committee, Tajikistan has pursued a significant crackdown on political rights.
Tajikistan's Human Rights Record up for Review
Tajikistan Tilts Back Toward Iran
July 01, 2019
Tajikistan Tilts Back Toward Iran
With a new agreement on an old tunnel, and Tehran on the hunt for friends, the tide is pulling Iran and Tajikistan back together for now.
Tajikistan Tilts Back Toward Iran
Atambayev Loses Immunity, Supporters Gather to Resist
June 27, 2019
Atambayev Loses Immunity, Supporters Gather to Resist
The former president maintains that charges of corruption against him are political.
Atambayev Loses Immunity, Supporters Gather to Resist
Pompeo Optimistic About Peace in Brief Visit to Afghanistan En Route to Asia
June 27, 2019
Pompeo Optimistic About Peace in Brief Visit to Afghanistan En Route to Asia
Talking with the Taliban remains critical, but Pompeo’s optimism seems ungrounded,
Pompeo Optimistic About Peace in Brief Visit to Afghanistan En Route to Asia
Fire, Explosions at Ammunition Depot in Southern Kazakhstan Trigger Evacuation
June 26, 2019
Fire, Explosions at Ammunition Depot in Southern Kazakhstan Trigger Evacuation
The incident is not the first to send smoke and shells into the air outside Arys, Kazakhstan.
Fire, Explosions at Ammunition Depot in Southern Kazakhstan Trigger Evacuation
Atambayev's Days of Immunity Look Numbered
June 25, 2019
Atambayev's Days of Immunity Look Numbered
Former President Almazbek Atambayev is likely to soon face charges of misconduct and abuse of power in earnest.
Atambayev's Days of Immunity Look Numbered
China in Tajikistan: New Report Claims Chinese Troops Patrol Large Swaths of the Afghan-Tajik Border
June 18, 2019
China in Tajikistan: New Report Claims Chinese Troops Patrol Large Swaths of the Afghan-Tajik Border
A new WSJ report cites a Tajik official claiming China is much more deeply involved in Tajikistan than it admits.
China in Tajikistan: New Report Claims Chinese Troops Patrol Large Swaths of the Afghan-Tajik Border
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit Kicks Off in Bishkek
June 13, 2019
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit Kicks Off in Bishkek
Eyes on India and Pakistan, expected silence on Xinjiang camps, and another summit in the books.
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit Kicks Off in Bishkek
Atambayev Takes Aim at Jeenbekov in Weekend Rally
June 12, 2019
Atambayev Takes Aim at Jeenbekov in Weekend Rally
The former Kyrgyz president accused his successor of persecuting his political opponents under the guise of anti-corruption.
Atambayev Takes Aim at Jeenbekov in Weekend Rally
Kazakhstan’s Presidential Election: Protests, Arrests, and a Presidency for Tokayev
June 10, 2019
Kazakhstan’s Presidential Election: Protests, Arrests, and a Presidency for Tokayev
Another unfree election in Kazakhstan ushers in a new president: Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.
Kazakhstan’s Presidential Election: Protests, Arrests, and a Presidency for Tokayev
Continuity and Change: Kazakhstan Hurtles Toward Election Day
June 06, 2019
Continuity and Change: Kazakhstan Hurtles Toward Election Day
On June 9, Kazakhstan will elect its first non-Nazarbayev president.
Continuity and Change: Kazakhstan Hurtles Toward Election Day
Umida Niyazova on Forced Labor in Uzbekistan
June 04, 2019
Umida Niyazova on Forced Labor in Uzbekistan
Despite progress, forced labor remains a reality in Uzbekistan.
Umida Niyazova on Forced Labor in Uzbekistan
Xinjiang Camp Whistle-blower Sauytbay Seeks Asylum Elsewhere
June 03, 2019
Xinjiang Camp Whistle-blower Sauytbay Seeks Asylum Elsewhere
Sauytbay has reportedly left Kazakhstan for Sweden, still seeking asylum after blowing the whistle on China's Xinjiang camps.
Xinjiang Camp Whistle-blower Sauytbay Seeks Asylum Elsewhere
Nargis Kassenova on Kazakhstan in Transition
June 01, 2019
Nargis Kassenova on Kazakhstan in Transition
As Kazakhstan undergoes its first power transition, the awakening of public politics is inevitable.
Nargis Kassenova on Kazakhstan in Transition
Russia’s Bulwark on the Afghan Border: Tajikistan
May 30, 2019
Russia’s Bulwark on the Afghan Border: Tajikistan
In recent weeks, high-level Russian security and intelligence officials have made trips to Dushanbe.
Russia’s Bulwark on the Afghan Border: Tajikistan
Atambayev Steps Back, Kyrgyzstan Sets Process for Stripping Presidential Immunity
May 29, 2019
Atambayev Steps Back, Kyrgyzstan Sets Process for Stripping Presidential Immunity
New amendments set the course of revoking presidential immunity -- “serious crimes” or continued politicking.
Atambayev Steps Back, Kyrgyzstan Sets Process for Stripping Presidential Immunity
Tajikistan’s Prison Riot: More Than Meets the Eye
May 25, 2019
Tajikistan’s Prison Riot: More Than Meets the Eye
The details remain fuzzy, but the conclusion is clear: Something is very wrong.
Tajikistan’s Prison Riot: More Than Meets the Eye
Jonas Astrup on Reforming Uzbekistan's Cotton Industry
May 21, 2019
Jonas Astrup on Reforming Uzbekistan's Cotton Industry
As Uzbekistan makes progress on ending forced labor, Tashkent is open about the remaining challenges.
Jonas Astrup on Reforming Uzbekistan's Cotton Industry
The European Union's (Not So) New Central Asia Strategy
May 16, 2019
The European Union's (Not So) New Central Asia Strategy
Two years in the making, the EU's new Central Asia strategy doesn't offer many new positions.
The European Union's (Not So) New Central Asia Strategy
Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan: A Tale of Blocking and Unblocking
May 13, 2019
Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan: A Tale of Blocking and Unblocking
While Kazakhstan may have a more vibrant media space than Uzbekistan, the trends in each country are moving in opposite directions.
Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan: A Tale of Blocking and Unblocking
Protests in Kazakhstan Demonstrate Democratic Dismay
May 03, 2019
Protests in Kazakhstan Demonstrate Democratic Dismay
The protest mood looks likely to grow as Kazakhstan approaches snap presidential elections.
Protests in Kazakhstan Demonstrate Democratic Dismay
Uzbekistan Seeks Lifting of Cotton Boycott
April 30, 2019
Uzbekistan Seeks Lifting of Cotton Boycott
Tashkent continues to push for the move, touting recent progress.
Uzbekistan Seeks Lifting of Cotton Boycott
Kazakhstan’s Potemkin Presidential Contenders
April 30, 2019
Kazakhstan’s Potemkin Presidential Contenders
A handful of people will technically run for the Kazakh presidency, but are they just “puppets” in a play?
Kazakhstan’s Potemkin Presidential Contenders
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