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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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With Media Law Amendments, Kazakhstan Deals a Blow to Press Freedom
January 03, 2018
With Media Law Amendments, Kazakhstan Deals a Blow to Press Freedom
Astana consulted journalists on revisions to the country's media law, and then ignored their recommendations.
With Media Law Amendments, Kazakhstan Deals a Blow to Press Freedom
Turkmenistan Turns Off the Lights in Northern Afghanistan
January 03, 2018
Turkmenistan Turns Off the Lights in Northern Afghanistan
Nothing says friendship like turning off the power on New Year’s Eve.
Turkmenistan Turns Off the Lights in Northern Afghanistan
Assessing Expectations: 2017 in Central Asia
December 30, 2017
Assessing Expectations: 2017 in Central Asia
How did my 2017 outlook measure up to reality?
Assessing Expectations: 2017 in Central Asia
Kyrgyz Authorities Arrest Unnamed Suspect for the Murder of Ulan Salyanov
December 29, 2017
Kyrgyz Authorities Arrest Unnamed Suspect for the Murder of Ulan Salyanov
Salyanov's sister, Aida, was recently convicted of abuse of office, charges she and her supporters say were politically motivated.
Kyrgyz Authorities Arrest Unnamed Suspect for the Murder of Ulan Salyanov
2017: The Best of The Diplomat
December 29, 2017
2017: The Best of The Diplomat
The Diplomat is joining the self-reflection party here at the end of 2017 for the first time.
2017: The Best of The Diplomat
Jeenbekov and Nazarbayev Put Kyrgyz-Kazakh Relations Back on Track
December 28, 2017
Jeenbekov and Nazarbayev Put Kyrgyz-Kazakh Relations Back on Track
With a two-day visit to Astana, the Kyrgyz president and his Kazakh counterpart steer relations back to normal.
Jeenbekov and Nazarbayev Put Kyrgyz-Kazakh Relations Back on Track
China's Imports of Turkmen Gas Decline
December 27, 2017
China's Imports of Turkmen Gas Decline
Turkmen gas exports to China fell from October to November, with sources indicating Ashgabat isn't pumping promised volumes.
China's Imports of Turkmen Gas Decline
President Mirziyoyev Takes Aim at Uzbek Security Services
December 26, 2017
President Mirziyoyev Takes Aim at Uzbek Security Services
In his first end-of-the-year speech, the Uzbek president recounted his reform efforts and set new targets.
President Mirziyoyev Takes Aim at Uzbek Security Services
US Vice President Pence Makes Surprise Trip to Afghanistan
December 22, 2017
US Vice President Pence Makes Surprise Trip to Afghanistan
The long war is still on.
US Vice President Pence Makes Surprise Trip to Afghanistan
Kazakh Citizen Sentenced to 15 Years for Attempt to Join the Islamic State
December 21, 2017
Kazakh Citizen Sentenced to 15 Years for Attempt to Join the Islamic State
Akhror Saidakhmetov, a legal resident of the United States and a Kazakh citizen, was arrested back in 2015.
Kazakh Citizen Sentenced to 15 Years for Attempt to Join the Islamic State
Afghanistan Plays Turkey's Game, Arrests Teachers Reportedly Linked to Gulen
December 15, 2017
Afghanistan Plays Turkey's Game, Arrests Teachers Reportedly Linked to Gulen
Kabul seems willing to pay the price to play with Ankara, that price being a few Turkish teachers.
Afghanistan Plays Turkey's Game, Arrests Teachers Reportedly Linked to Gulen
Can Afghanistan Manage to Hold an Election in 2018?
December 13, 2017
Can Afghanistan Manage to Hold an Election in 2018?
All signs point to "no."
Can Afghanistan Manage to Hold an Election in 2018?
Indian Companies to Begin CASA-1000 Construction in Afghanistan
December 12, 2017
Indian Companies to Begin CASA-1000 Construction in Afghanistan
Afghan authorities say work should begin in the coming weeks.
Indian Companies to Begin CASA-1000 Construction in Afghanistan
Kyrgyzstan Deports AFP Central Asia Correspondent
December 12, 2017
Kyrgyzstan Deports AFP Central Asia Correspondent
Chris Rickleton pleaded on Facebook to the new president to allow him to "return to live with my family in the country I love.”
Kyrgyzstan Deports AFP Central Asia Correspondent
Nazarbayev Rants Against Offshore Holdings
December 08, 2017
Nazarbayev Rants Against Offshore Holdings
The Kazakh president complained on national television of companies squirreling their money away abroad.
Nazarbayev Rants Against Offshore Holdings
Ghani and Mirziyoyev Meet, Renew Afghan-Uzbek Ties
December 06, 2017
Ghani and Mirziyoyev Meet, Renew Afghan-Uzbek Ties
Connectivity was at the heart of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's visit to Uzbekistan this week.
Ghani and Mirziyoyev Meet, Renew Afghan-Uzbek Ties
Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan Make Up, Move Forward
December 05, 2017
Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan Make Up, Move Forward
The border problem was rooted in preexisting issues, but was sparked and solved by politics alone.
Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan Make Up, Move Forward
A Death and a Question: What Does The Future Hold for Uzbekistan's Political Prisoners?
December 05, 2017
A Death and a Question: What Does The Future Hold for Uzbekistan's Political Prisoners?
Murod Juraev, 65, was released in 2015 after 21 years in prison. His death underscores the continued issue of political prisoners in Uzbekistan.
A Death and a Question: What Does The Future Hold for Uzbekistan's Political Prisoners?
The Global Oil War Rages On With OPEC Cut Deal Extension
December 05, 2017
The Global Oil War Rages On With OPEC Cut Deal Extension
OPEC and major non-OPEC producers agreed to extend the December 2016 production cut deal through 2018.
The Global Oil War Rages On With OPEC Cut Deal Extension
Are Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan on the Path Back to Brotherly Relations?
December 02, 2017
Are Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan on the Path Back to Brotherly Relations?
At the highest levels, yes. But the memories will linger.
Are Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan on the Path Back to Brotherly Relations?
Michał Lubina on China-Russia Relations
December 01, 2017
Michał Lubina on China-Russia Relations
What makes the China-Russia relationship tick?
Michał Lubina on China-Russia Relations
Greek Court Denies Tajik Extradition Request for IRPT Member
November 30, 2017
Greek Court Denies Tajik Extradition Request for IRPT Member
Mirzorakhim Kuzov had been detained in Greece after Tajikistan submitted an Interpol red notice against him.
Greek Court Denies Tajik Extradition Request for IRPT Member
Checking in With Moscow: New Kyrgyz President Makes First International Trip to Russia
November 29, 2017
Checking in With Moscow: New Kyrgyz President Makes First International Trip to Russia
President Sooronbai Jeenbekov made a working visit to Moscow less than a week after taking office.
Checking in With Moscow: New Kyrgyz President Makes First International Trip to Russia
New Caledonia and Papua New Guinea: Large-scale Mines and Local-level Politics
November 29, 2017
New Caledonia and Papua New Guinea: Large-scale Mines and Local-level Politics
A discussion with Colin Filer and Pierre-Yves Le Meur.
New Caledonia and Papua New Guinea: Large-scale Mines and Local-level Politics
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