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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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Russia is Buying Turkmen Gas Again. Why?
April 25, 2019
Russia is Buying Turkmen Gas Again. Why?
Turkmenistan needs a sale, and Russia probably got a good price.
Russia is Buying Turkmen Gas Again. Why?
South Korean President Moon Travels Across Central Asia
April 24, 2019
South Korean President Moon Travels Across Central Asia
Moon took the long way home from the United States, spending eight days visiting Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.
South Korean President Moon Travels Across Central Asia
Kazakh Activists Jailed For Making a Simple Statement: 'I Have a Choice'
April 22, 2019
Kazakh Activists Jailed For Making a Simple Statement: 'I Have a Choice'
Do Kazakhs have a choice when it comes to the June 9 election?
Kazakh Activists Jailed For Making a Simple Statement: 'I Have a Choice'
Why Was Kyrgyz President Jeenbekov in Germany?
April 17, 2019
Why Was Kyrgyz President Jeenbekov in Germany?
Kyrgyz-Germany relations on an even keel; Kyrgyz domestic politics a brewing storm.
Why Was Kyrgyz President Jeenbekov in Germany?
In Afghanistan, Talking and Killing Continue in Tandem
April 10, 2019
In Afghanistan, Talking and Killing Continue in Tandem
The next Doha meeting, which the Afghan government plans to attend, has been pushed back. Meanwhile, attacks continue.
In Afghanistan, Talking and Killing Continue in Tandem
Snap Presidential Elections Called in Kazakhstan. But Why?
April 09, 2019
Snap Presidential Elections Called in Kazakhstan. But Why?
One really has to wonder what the point of all this political theater has been?
Snap Presidential Elections Called in Kazakhstan. But Why?
A New Slowdown at the Kazakh-Kyrgyz Border
April 08, 2019
A New Slowdown at the Kazakh-Kyrgyz Border
Occasional flare-ups of frustration at the border undercut booming talk of greater regional cooperation.
A New Slowdown at the Kazakh-Kyrgyz Border
A Spring Split for Kyrgyzstan’s Major Party?
April 03, 2019
A Spring Split for Kyrgyzstan’s Major Party?
The first of two rival party congresses on April 3 sets up Kyrgyzstan's biggest political party for a genuine split.
A Spring Split for Kyrgyzstan’s Major Party?
Uzbekistan Making Progress to Phase Out Forced Cotton Labor, Report Says
April 03, 2019
Uzbekistan Making Progress to Phase Out Forced Cotton Labor, Report Says
Forced labor remains a reality in Uzbekistan, but the ILO and others are encouraged by the government's progress.
Uzbekistan Making Progress to Phase Out Forced Cotton Labor, Report Says
Uzbekistan Offers Samarkand as a Venue for Afghan Peace Talks
April 02, 2019
Uzbekistan Offers Samarkand as a Venue for Afghan Peace Talks
The U.S.-led efforts to broker peace get top billing, but Uzbek efforts are worth watching closely.
Uzbekistan Offers Samarkand as a Venue for Afghan Peace Talks
On Xinjiang, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan Bend to Beijing's Will
April 01, 2019
On Xinjiang, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan Bend to Beijing's Will
As ethnic Kyrgyz and Kazakhs continue to disappear into Chinese detention, Bishkek and Nur-Sultan are staying quiet.
On Xinjiang, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan Bend to Beijing's Will
Putin in Kyrgyzstan: A Tiny Base Expansion and a Hydropower Agreement
March 29, 2019
Putin in Kyrgyzstan: A Tiny Base Expansion and a Hydropower Agreement
A minute expansion of Kant and an agreement on hydropower cooperation were some of the outcomes of Putin's visit to Kyrgyzstan.
Putin in Kyrgyzstan: A Tiny Base Expansion and a Hydropower Agreement
Uzbekistan Widens Engagement Beyond the Usual Partners
March 27, 2019
Uzbekistan Widens Engagement Beyond the Usual Partners
Judging from Mirziyoyev’s travel plans, Uzbekistan’s ambitions remain high and its circles of engagement are widening.
Uzbekistan Widens Engagement Beyond the Usual Partners
Bruce Pannier on Change in Central Asia
March 26, 2019
Bruce Pannier on Change in Central Asia
In 1990, Bruce Pannier first went to Central Asia -- what was it like and what’s changed since then?
Bruce Pannier on Change in Central Asia
Is Boxing's Tokyo 2020 Olympic Future on the Ropes?
March 26, 2019
Is Boxing's Tokyo 2020 Olympic Future on the Ropes?
Last week, AIBA President Gafur Rakhimov offered to step aside. This week, an IOC inquiry into the AIBA should get an update.
Is Boxing's Tokyo 2020 Olympic Future on the Ropes?
Is This the End of the Nazarbayev Era?
March 20, 2019
Is This the End of the Nazarbayev Era?
Not quite, but the denouement has surely begun.
Is This the End of the Nazarbayev Era?
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev Resigns
March 19, 2019
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev Resigns
After nearly 30 years as president, Nazarbayev made a shocking resignation announcement.
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev Resigns
In Kazakhstan, Educating Children with Disabilities Remains a Challenge
March 14, 2019
In Kazakhstan, Educating Children with Disabilities Remains a Challenge
Kazakhstan's approach to inclusive education and “negative attitudes” affect the education of children with disabilities.
In Kazakhstan, Educating Children with Disabilities Remains a Challenge
Is This the Closing of the Kazakh Window Into Xinjiang?
March 11, 2019
Is This the Closing of the Kazakh Window Into Xinjiang?
With the arrest of Serikzhan Bilash, a movement that gave the world a view into the Xinjiang crisis has an uncertain future.
Is This the Closing of the Kazakh Window Into Xinjiang?
Gulnara Karimova Charged With Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering
March 08, 2019
Gulnara Karimova Charged With Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering
Karimova, the late president's daughter, is having a very bad week.
Gulnara Karimova Charged With Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering
The Kazakh Window Into the Xinjiang Crisis
March 06, 2019
The Kazakh Window Into the Xinjiang Crisis
Kazakhs remain the most accessible window into the crisis in Xinjiang, but how long will that window remain open?
The Kazakh Window Into the Xinjiang Crisis
Former Kyrgyz President Atambayev on the Losing Side of a Defamation Suit
March 05, 2019
Former Kyrgyz President Atambayev on the Losing Side of a Defamation Suit
Last week former Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev was on the losing side of a defamation lawsuit.
Former Kyrgyz President Atambayev on the Losing Side of a Defamation Suit
World Bank Optimistic About Uzbekistan
March 01, 2019
World Bank Optimistic About Uzbekistan
Uzbek and World Bank officials are all humming the same tune: There's no going back from reforms. Is it that simple?
World Bank Optimistic About Uzbekistan
Sheila Smith on the Politics of Japan's Military Power
March 01, 2019
Sheila Smith on the Politics of Japan's Military Power
As Tokyo rearms, what are the politics of military power in Japan?
Sheila Smith on the Politics of Japan's Military Power
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