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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

Momentum Builds for Israel’s Elite to Reject Two-State Solution By Joseph Dana - Jul 26, 2020

Israel’s influential liberal elite long have argued passionately for a two-state solution to the conflict with Palestinians. But that is changing. Faced with an existential challenge to their understanding of Israel, the gatekeepers of liberal Zionism are beginning to see the writing on the wall. In two new articles, the influential writer, Peter Beinart, rejects the … Continue reading “Momentum Builds for Israel’s Elite to Reject Two-State Solution”

After the Pandemic: As Workers Are Retrenched in the Gulf, An Opportunity Opens to Rethink the Region’s Economic Model By Joseph Dana - Jul 18, 2020

Since Covid-19 spiraled into a global pandemic, the twin pillars of Gulf wealth creation – oil and international travel – have been hit hard.  Now, a fundamental shift in how the region operates is afoot. As the largest component of their labor force is retrenched, Gulf countries are on the verge of transforming their working … Continue reading “After the Pandemic: As Workers Are Retrenched in the Gulf, An Opportunity Opens to Rethink the Region’s Economic Model”

Historical Guilt Will Not Stop Israel from Annexing the West Bank By Joseph Dana - Jun 15, 2020

Israel will begin annexing portions of the occupied West Bank in July. The plan, however, has been met with opposition from an unusual quarter: the settler movement. Why? The tangled answer lies in the sordid history of Israel’s de facto annexation of Palestinian land right from at the beginning of the conflict. Before we get … Continue reading “Historical Guilt Will Not Stop Israel from Annexing the West Bank”

For South Africa, Covid-19 Has Ultimately Meant ‘Business as Usual’ – And that’s Bad News for the Rest of Africa By Joseph Dana - Jun 7, 2020

Covid-19 was slow to reach the African continent, but that hasn’t stopped it wreaking havoc. For while the delay afforded extra time for countries to prepare, early containment strategies now have fallen apart. This is thanks to mismanagement and poor governance. South Africa, the most industrialized country on the continent, is a case study of … Continue reading “For South Africa, Covid-19 Has Ultimately Meant ‘Business as Usual’ – And that’s Bad News for the Rest of Africa”