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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

The Cognitive Dissonance at the Heart of Israeli Society By Joseph Dana - May 13, 2022

Every country is built upon a foundation myth. These stories or shared histories serve to bind and build societies. Israel’s foundation myth is unique among contemporary states. It propels a form of cognitive dissonance enabling the society to perpetuate one of the most prolonged military occupations in modern history while professing a victim status. The … Continue reading “The Cognitive Dissonance at the Heart of Israeli Society”

Agricultural Technology Boom Needed to Secure Global Food Supplies By Joseph Dana - Apr 28, 2022

By the looks of it, the global food supply chain hinges on just one country. Like other outdated systems of production currently breaking down as a result of years of pandemic and geopolitical recalibration, the way we produce and distribute food needs radical change. The centrality of Ukrainian wheat production is one particularly extreme demonstration … Continue reading “Agricultural Technology Boom Needed to Secure Global Food Supplies”

The Paris Agreement is Dead. Long Live the Paris Agreement By Joseph Dana - Apr 21, 2022

Are we too late to save the planet from cataclysmic climate change? Maybe. Given the increasing numbers of electric vehicles on the road, rapidly declining cost of renewable energy, and fresh discussion about our warming planet, one would think that humanity was on track to change how it produces and consumes energy. Even climate naysayers … Continue reading “The Paris Agreement is Dead. Long Live the Paris Agreement”

Two Decades On, the African Union Needs to Rediscover its Founding Spirit By Joseph Dana - Mar 17, 2022

Last month, for the first time since 2017, a summit took place in Brussels between leaders from the European Union and the African Union. The EU is increasingly worried about its influence on the continent amid China’s efforts to entrench its position of dominance. But although the Brussels summit focused on European-African relations, the real question on the minds of many diplomats was the African Union’s effectiveness. … Continue reading “Two Decades On, the African Union Needs to Rediscover its Founding Spirit”

Ukraine Conflict Shows We Are Drowning in Information Overload By Joseph Dana - Mar 12, 2022

The Ukraine crisis has consumed us in a sudden and overwhelming information overload. After weeks of warnings about a potential war in Ukraine preceded by years of increasing antagonism, the Russian military marched into the country and swiftly altered geopolitics for decades to come. Within minutes of the invasion, the global news cycle kicked into high-octane war coverage and it hasn’t … Continue reading “Ukraine Conflict Shows We Are Drowning in Information Overload”