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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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Parties Merge in Kyrgyzstan, Hoping to Get an Electoral Edge
August 08, 2017
Parties Merge in Kyrgyzstan, Hoping to Get an Electoral Edge
The leaders of three parties say they’re joining forces in the upcoming election.
Parties Merge in Kyrgyzstan, Hoping to Get an Electoral Edge
In Tajikistan, Lawyer Buzurgmehr Yorov Faces Even More Charges
August 04, 2017
In Tajikistan, Lawyer Buzurgmehr Yorov Faces Even More Charges
Tajikistan is heaping insult upon injury with its merciless persecution of a lawyer, his lawyer, and his family.
In Tajikistan, Lawyer Buzurgmehr Yorov Faces Even More Charges
Transcript of Trump’s Terrible January Call With Turnbull Leaks
August 03, 2017
Transcript of Trump’s Terrible January Call With Turnbull Leaks
Trump repeatedly fumes over a Obama-era immigration deal with Australia.
Transcript of Trump’s Terrible January Call With Turnbull Leaks
59 File to Run for the Kyrgyz Presidency
August 03, 2017
59 File to Run for the Kyrgyz Presidency
The number will drop significantly ahead of the announcement of the final lineup on September 10.
59 File to Run for the Kyrgyz Presidency
Justice? Kazakh Activist Pleads Guilty to Inciting Ethnic Hatred
August 02, 2017
Justice? Kazakh Activist Pleads Guilty to Inciting Ethnic Hatred
Yet another Article 174 case closed.
Justice? Kazakh Activist Pleads Guilty to Inciting Ethnic Hatred
Is Tajikistan Really Clearing Corruption From the Anti-Corruption Agency?
August 01, 2017
Is Tajikistan Really Clearing Corruption From the Anti-Corruption Agency?
Not quite.
Is Tajikistan Really Clearing Corruption From the Anti-Corruption Agency?
Are Foreign Exchange Reforms on the Way in Uzbekistan?
July 31, 2017
Are Foreign Exchange Reforms on the Way in Uzbekistan?
Currency and foreign exchange reform isn’t the end, but just the beginning of serious action on Tashkent’s part.
Are Foreign Exchange Reforms on the Way in Uzbekistan?
Uzbek Authorities Say Gulnara in Custody, Facing Additional Charges
July 29, 2017
Uzbek Authorities Say Gulnara in Custody, Facing Additional Charges
The statement by Uzbek authorities is a few years late but another sign of progress.
Uzbek Authorities Say Gulnara in Custody, Facing Additional Charges
Afghanistan: All That Glitters Is Not Gold
July 27, 2017
Afghanistan: All That Glitters Is Not Gold
There's a reason Afghanistan's resource wealth remains untapped.
Afghanistan: All That Glitters Is Not Gold
China and Russia in Central Asia: Rivalries and Resonance
July 27, 2017
China and Russia in Central Asia: Rivalries and Resonance
Finding the balance in the long-term between rivalry and resonance may be difficult for Beijing and Moscow.
China and Russia in Central Asia: Rivalries and Resonance
Coming in 2018? A New Latin-Based Kazakh Alphabet
July 26, 2017
Coming in 2018? A New Latin-Based Kazakh Alphabet
Astana has been floating the idea of switching to a Latin-based alphabet for more than a decade.
Coming in 2018? A New Latin-Based Kazakh Alphabet
Hijab Hubbub: Tajikistan Sets Up Commission to Combat 'Alien' Clothing
July 26, 2017
Hijab Hubbub: Tajikistan Sets Up Commission to Combat 'Alien' Clothing
The commission will be taking “Tajik traditions” and “modern” life into consideration in promoting "appropriate" clothing.
Hijab Hubbub: Tajikistan Sets Up Commission to Combat 'Alien' Clothing
Atambayev Talks: Hydro-Scandals, Bakiyevs, and Politics
July 24, 2017
Atambayev Talks: Hydro-Scandals, Bakiyevs, and Politics
In a lengthy press conference, Kyrgyzstan's president answers questions on scandals past and present.
Atambayev Talks: Hydro-Scandals, Bakiyevs, and Politics
Hired: Tajik President's Daughter Lands Deputy Post at a Major Bank
July 21, 2017
Hired: Tajik President's Daughter Lands Deputy Post at a Major Bank
Better to hire a Rahmon, than anger one.
Hired: Tajik President's Daughter Lands Deputy Post at a Major Bank
Tajikistan Turns Up Heat on Families of Political Dissidents
July 20, 2017
Tajikistan Turns Up Heat on Families of Political Dissidents
Dushanbe is always watching.
Tajikistan Turns Up Heat on Families of Political Dissidents
Where in the World is Abdul Rashid Dostum?
July 18, 2017
Where in the World is Abdul Rashid Dostum?
After being turned away from Mazar-i-Sharif and refusing to land in Kabul, a plane carrying Dostum reportedly landed in Ashgabat.
Where in the World is Abdul Rashid Dostum?
Did a Czech Company Just Sign on to Complete Kyrgyzstan's Hydropower Projects?
July 17, 2017
Did a Czech Company Just Sign on to Complete Kyrgyzstan's Hydropower Projects?
The Kyrgyz say so, but Czech media says the company -- Liglass Trading -- is unknown.
Did a Czech Company Just Sign on to Complete Kyrgyzstan's Hydropower Projects?
A Central Asian President's Guide to Getting Published
July 14, 2017
A Central Asian President's Guide to Getting Published
An important building block in any cult of personality is a whole shelf of laudatory texts.
A Central Asian President's Guide to Getting Published
Kabul's Dostum Problem
July 13, 2017
Kabul's Dostum Problem
Whether Dostum is convicted or not, there will be anger and accusations that the rule of law has been cheated.
Kabul's Dostum Problem
Tajikistan and Central Asia's Culture Wars
July 12, 2017
Tajikistan and Central Asia's Culture Wars
There’s no unweaving history’s tapestry in Central Asia.
Tajikistan and Central Asia's Culture Wars
Does Kazakhstan's New Law on Revoking Citizenship Matter?
July 12, 2017
Does Kazakhstan's New Law on Revoking Citizenship Matter?
International law frowns on creating stateless persons, but Astana's irritating exiles can afford to buy new passports.
Does Kazakhstan's New Law on Revoking Citizenship Matter?
No Strategy, No Winning: McCain on Trump's Afghanistan Mess
July 11, 2017
No Strategy, No Winning: McCain on Trump's Afghanistan Mess
"And, you know, we all know what the problem is. It's in the White House."
No Strategy, No Winning: McCain on Trump's Afghanistan Mess
Uzbekistan’s Changing Rogun Tone
July 10, 2017
Uzbekistan’s Changing Rogun Tone
Without Karimov's bombast about Rogun, Tashkent is better positioned to earnestly engage on an issue of vital importance.
Uzbekistan’s Changing Rogun Tone
The Disconnect Between the EU's Central Asia Strategy and Reality
July 07, 2017
The Disconnect Between the EU's Central Asia Strategy and Reality
Europe's strategy in Central Asia focuses on bilateral relations and reforms, but reality demonstrates the limits of these aims.
The Disconnect Between the EU's Central Asia Strategy and Reality
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