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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
February 19, 2020

Is Kazakhstan Nipping Opposition in the Bud?

By Catherine Putz
Arrests and arson delay Kazakh opposition groups from gathering.

February 14, 2020

What’s the True Human Cost of US Reconstruction Efforts in Afghanistan?

By Catherine Putz
War-related deaths get headlines, but the ongoing reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan have had their human cost, too.
February 13, 2020

Kyrgyz Customs Officer Reportedly Under Investigation

By Catherine Putz
A customs official named in the bombshell OCCRP, RFE/RL, and Kloop investigation last year is reportedly under official investigation.

February 13, 2020

Turkmenistan President’s Son Appointed Minister

By Catherine Putz
Given Serdar’s trajectory, it’s hard not to believe he’s heading for the presidency once day.

February 07, 2020

US Looks to Central Asia to Stand Up to China on Xinjiang

By Catherine Putz
Washington's messaging is aimed both at Beijing and Central Asian capitals.

February 06, 2020

A New US Strategy for Central Asia: Continuity Under Better Conditions

By Catherine Putz
The new strategy revolves around a familiar “holy trinity” -- independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity -- while acknowledging the power of new regional dynamics.
February 05, 2020

Turkmenistan’s Latest Boondoggle: A New $1.5 Billion City

By Catherine Putz
Turkmenistan plans to to build a $1.5-billion city amid spending cuts.

February 05, 2020

Where Is the Afghan Peace Deal Now?

By Catherine Putz
Is the United States any closer to settling a long-discussed peace deal with the Taliban? Not really, if comments from top diplomats are anything to go by.

February 04, 2020

Tajik Journalist Facing Extremism Charges

By Catherine Putz
Ahead of parliamentary elections, Tajik authorities detained a journalist for publishing what it says are more than 200 articles “containing extremist content.”

February 04, 2020

US Suspends Issuing Immigration Visas to Kyrgyz Citizens, Others

By Catherine Putz
Kyrgyzstan is among six countries hit with new visa restrictions by the United States.

February 04, 2020

Press Freedom Questions Follow Pompeo to Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
The U.S. secretary of state said he’s sent a “perfect message” on press freedoms.
January 31, 2020

Report: SIGAR Notes Record-High Attack Numbers in Afghanistan

By Catherine Putz
Enemy-initiated attacks in Afghanistan during the fourth quarter of 2019 were the highest for that quarter in any year going back to 2010.

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