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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.

After the Pittsburgh Attack Jews Must Unite with Muslims and Other Minorities, For Racism Against One Group Eventually Affects All By Joseph Dana - Nov 8, 2018

In 17th-century Amsterdam, the city’s Jewish community took the unprecedented step of asking municipal authorities to halt Jewish migration. Pogroms in the East spurred waves of Jewish refugees seeking asylum in cities like Amsterdam. But the Jewish community there, in one of Europe’s most prosperous cities, didn’t want to shake up the status quo. Made … Continue reading “After the Pittsburgh Attack Jews Must Unite with Muslims and Other Minorities, For Racism Against One Group Eventually Affects All”

Fearing Domestic Discontent, Jordan Moves to Confront Israel By Joseph Dana - Oct 25, 2018

Peace treaties, by nature, are tricky documents. It is rare that two opposing sides are able to cleanly resolve their differences within the confines of a neat agreement. When it comes to Israel and the Middle East, the challenge is all the more difficult. Remarkably, however, the 1994 peace agreement between Jordan and Israel has … Continue reading “Fearing Domestic Discontent, Jordan Moves to Confront Israel”

How Can Africa Unlock Its Growth Potential? It Should Look to the Arabian Gulf By Joseph Dana - Oct 15, 2018

Unlocking Africa’s economic potential is a challenge without seeming end. Since the 1950s, when the continent began to achieve independence from colonial shackles, many countries have struggled to attain robust economic growth. Poor infrastructure, corrupt politicians and an environment that encouraged them, and a lack of manufacturing have been the most common factors keeping growth … Continue reading “How Can Africa Unlock Its Growth Potential? It Should Look to the Arabian Gulf”

Countries with Military Bases in Djibouti Should Question the Government’s Motives in Confiscating Foreign-Owned Assets By Joseph Dana - Oct 10, 2018

Despite its small size, Djibouti plays an outsized role in geopolitics. Some say the East African nation has the most valuable military real estate in the world. Situated on the Bab Al Mandeb strait on the Red Sea, between Yemen, Somalia and Eritrea, it is at the nexus of international trade and conflict. The Red Sea is … Continue reading “Countries with Military Bases in Djibouti Should Question the Government’s Motives in Confiscating Foreign-Owned Assets”