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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

Is the Belt and Road Initiative Causing a Debt Crisis for China?  By Joseph Dana - Apr 15, 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced China to rethink the Belt and Road Initiative, the ambitious plan to connect large parts of the global economy through infrastructure development and lending. Chinese banks, the bedrock of what President Xi Jinping called “the project of the century,” are overextended and facing the problem of loans not being repaid … Continue reading “Is the Belt and Road Initiative Causing a Debt Crisis for China? “

Covid-19 and the Moral Argument Over Intellectual Property Rights By Joseph Dana - Apr 7, 2021

We’re at a crossroad in the fight against Covid-19. Despite the historic global vaccination effort underway, variants and mutations of the virus keep popping up. This has led to worries that the fight against the pandemic can’t move forward without an extra focus on less developed countries. In Africa, most countries haven’t yet secured enough … Continue reading “Covid-19 and the Moral Argument Over Intellectual Property Rights”

South Africa Shows How Cheap Renewable Energy Can Transform the Relationship Between Cities and National Governments By Joseph Dana - Feb 4, 2021

South Africa’s national government has struggled badly over the Covid-19 pandemic. This has prompted provincial leaders to enact their own plans. The pandemic has thus widened divisions at the heart of the nation, with these chasms raising fresh concerns about the country fracturing. Yet, the fears are directed at the wrong possible cause of national … Continue reading “South Africa Shows How Cheap Renewable Energy Can Transform the Relationship Between Cities and National Governments”