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Joseph Dana

Joseph Dana is editor-in-chief of emerge85, a lab that explores change in emerging markets and its global impact. He was previously Monocle's Istanbul bureau chief, among other writing positions he has held in the Middle East. Dana's work has appeared in Le Monde Diplomatique, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Nation and GQ. His reporting and analysis focus on the collision of culture, urbanism, economics and politics. Dana has an MA in European history and philosophy from the Central European University in Budapest.

Articles By Joseph Dana

West Africa Is Cutting Off the Last Strings From French Colonialism; Its Future Is Tied to Crypto Technology By Joseph Dana - Jan 5, 2020

Last month, the West Africa Economic and Monetary Union announced it was replacing its currency, the Franc des Colonies Françaises d’Afrique, or CFA franc, with a new currency, the “eco.” By so doing, the Francophone members of the region are seeking to chart a future truly independent of France. To truly achieve that, however, they … Continue reading “West Africa Is Cutting Off the Last Strings From French Colonialism; Its Future Is Tied to Crypto Technology”

Is Offering Citizenship the Best Way to Build a Knowledge Economy in the Middle East? By Joseph Dana - Dec 19, 2019

A key element of the current rise of emerging markets is the movement of people. This is due to several overlapping factors. The growth in the aviation sector means there are more and cheaper flights connecting the world. At the same time, internet connectivity and the proliferation of increasingly sophisticated smartphones is enabling entrepreneurs everywhere … Continue reading “Is Offering Citizenship the Best Way to Build a Knowledge Economy in the Middle East?”

China’s Growing Interest in Saudi Aramco Is Part of a Long Game By Joseph Dana - Nov 22, 2019

The world’s most profitable company, Saudi Aramco, is going public and the ramifications are going to be seen in some unusual places such as China, which sees the oil trade as a way to challenge America’s supremacy in global commerce. After months of speculation, Saudi Arabia’s state oil company officially announced its plan to go … Continue reading “China’s Growing Interest in Saudi Aramco Is Part of a Long Game”