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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 and the National Press Club.

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Posts by Catherine Putz
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January 05, 2023

Afghanistan, Pakistan Argue Over Cross-border Terrorism Accusations

By Catherine Putz
The TTP has called for attacks on Pakistani leaders while the Taliban in Kabul push back against Pakistani accusations of Afghanistan harboring terrorists. 
January 04, 2023

Afghanistan, Uzbekistan Settle New Electricity Agreement Amid Winter Shortages

By Catherine Putz
Under the new agreement, Uzbekistan will supply Afghanistan with 450 megawatts of electricity during the winter as both countries suffer from outages.

January 04, 2023

Berdimuhamedov Headed to China for State Visit

By Catherine Putz
This will be the younger Berdimuhamedov’s first visit to China as president of Turkmenistan. 

January 01, 2023

Robert Glasser on Australia’s Turn to Climate Action

By Catherine Putz
The Australian Labor Party has positioned itself well politically to pursue an ambitious climate agenda.

December 28, 2022

Asian Geopolitics in 2022: A Retrospective

By Ankit Panda and Catherine Putz
What trends and events shaped the region in 2022?
December 26, 2022

Asia-Pacific in 2022: The Year in Review

By Catherine Putz, Sudha Ramachandran, Sebastian Strangio, and Shannon Tiezzi
Join us for a recap of the major events of 2022 within Northeast, Southeast, South, and Central Asia, featuring The Diplomat's editors.

December 20, 2022

Discussing an Eventful 2022 in Central Asia With Bruce Pannier

By Catherine Putz
Protests, unrest, war, and worry defined 2022 in Central Asia.
December 15, 2022

Mary Lawlor on the ‘Climate of Fear’ Among Human Rights Defenders in Tajikistan

By Catherine Putz
A conversation with U.N. Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders Mary Lawlor about her recent country visit to Tajikistan.

December 09, 2022

Why So Much Attention on Russia’s Vague Proposal for a ‘Gas Union’ With Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan?

By Catherine Putz
Central Asia might actually be interested in Russian gas, but please don’t call it a “union.”

December 07, 2022

Putin to Visit Kyrgyzstan for EAEU Summit

By Catherine Putz
Authorities in the Kyrgyz capital extended a ban on protests that’s been in place most of the year, hoping to head off any trouble when Putin (and Mirziyoyev) come to town.

December 06, 2022

Russia Wants to Speed up Joint Nuclear Power Plant Project in Uzbekistan

By Catherine Putz
Uzbekistan has both financial and political reasons to pump the brakes, even if Tashkent has no intention of scrapping the project.
December 03, 2022

China’s Late-2022 Protests: ‘Zero-Covid’ At the Breaking Point?

By Ankit Panda and Catherine Putz
What's driving China's late-2022 protests?

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