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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

Forget Trying to Win Over Israel’s Knesset: Palestinians Must Now Focus on Winning the Argument Internationally By Joseph Dana - Aug 19, 2019

What hope do Palestinian citizens have in the Israeli parliament? Given the political dominance of the Israeli right and a slew of discriminatory laws, Palestinians are fighting an endless uphill battle with little upside. It’s been that way for five decades but the last two election cycles have thrust the issue into sharp focus and … Continue reading “Forget Trying to Win Over Israel’s Knesset: Palestinians Must Now Focus on Winning the Argument Internationally”

Aid Has Not Lifted Africa Out of Poverty, But Technology Will By Joseph Dana - Aug 8, 2019

Africa has the world’s lowest share of people using the internet, because of poor infrastructure and the rural nature of many communities. This stark statistic is often cited by Western aid agencies to justify investment in rural communities. The problem facing Africa, so the thinking goes, is fundamentally a rural one. While this might be … Continue reading “Aid Has Not Lifted Africa Out of Poverty, But Technology Will”

The Gulf Is Ideally Placed to Steal Facebook’s Thunder and Dominate the Remittance Market By Joseph Dana - Jul 10, 2019

Facebook is taking the financial world by storm with its proposed new currency, Libra. But regulators already have their doubts and some have threatened an outright ban of the digital currency before it even gets off the ground. For all the hype and misinformation about what exactly Libra is and how it fits into Facebook’s … Continue reading “The Gulf Is Ideally Placed to Steal Facebook’s Thunder and Dominate the Remittance Market”

Can Israel Handle the New Fault Lines in Its Domestic Politics? By Joseph Dana - Jun 19, 2019

One often-overlooked aspect of politics in Israel is the utter lack of unity in the political system. This is a reflection of deep divisions that plague Israeli society. As a country of immigrants from diverse backgrounds and with myriad religious identifications, this confusion should not be a surprise. Even the definition of who is and … Continue reading “Can Israel Handle the New Fault Lines in Its Domestic Politics?”