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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

Trump Peace Plan: Palestine Needs Better Leaders Ready to Break the Status Quo By Joseph Dana - Feb 5, 2020

Donald Trump’s “deal of the century” to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is revealing in its simplicity. The deal acquiesces to every Israeli whim and leaves the Palestinians in the cold. This is hardly surprising. The path forward now rests solely with the Palestinians. They must acknowledge that their leaders’ strategy since the beginning of the … Continue reading “Trump Peace Plan: Palestine Needs Better Leaders Ready to Break the Status Quo”

How Turkey Went from ‘No Problems with Neighbors‘ to Problems Everywhere By Joseph Dana - Jan 27, 2020

What happened to Turkey’s soft foreign policy? Not so long ago, Turkey’s famed “no problems with neighbors” policy was the darling of international geopolitics. In the 2000s, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spent a decade building Istanbul into a global nexus point of travel, trade and influence. State-owned Turkish Airlines began flying to places like … Continue reading “How Turkey Went from ‘No Problems with Neighbors‘ to Problems Everywhere”

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?”