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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.

Africa Should Use Arabian Gulf Investments to Balance China’s Economic Influence By Joseph Dana - Sep 23, 2018

Africa’s debt problems are coming into sharp focus – and not just due to growing concerns of a global recession in emerging markets. Rather, attention rests on the corrosive effects of aggressive Chinese financing across the continent, which has left many African countries with insurmountable debt and power dynamics that conjure up the dark days … Continue reading “Africa Should Use Arabian Gulf Investments to Balance China’s Economic Influence”

Israel’s Next Battle Will Center on the Conflict Over Its Founding By Joseph Dana - Sep 11, 2018

As the world’s only self-described Jewish state, Israel views itself as the leader of the Jewish world and the arbiter of modern Jewish identity. The problem is, no one can agree on the definition of a Jew or how Judaism should be articulated in a modern nation-state. These debates are nothing new, but in recent … Continue reading “Israel’s Next Battle Will Center on the Conflict Over Its Founding”

As Erdogan Discards Prudence, Other Economies Increasingly Feel the Tremor from Turkey By Joseph Dana - Aug 20, 2018

Mehmet Simsek is a small, ebullient technocrat. Up until a couple of months ago, he was one of the few officials in the Turkish government fighting to stave off a financial and economic crisis in this important emerging market. But after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan secured a fresh mandate in June’s general election, Simsek … Continue reading “As Erdogan Discards Prudence, Other Economies Increasingly Feel the Tremor from Turkey”

Palestine Needs an Anti-Zionist Idea, Rather Than Just an Anti-Zionist Protest Movement By Joseph Dana - Aug 9, 2018

In 2008, when revolutionary upheaval across the Middle East was the furthest thing on anyone’s mind, the people of Nabi Saleh were protesting. Nestled in the rolling hills of the West Bank, the tiny Palestinian hamlet organized weekly protests against the Israeli occupation and the encroachment of Halamish, its neighboring Israeli settlement. Today, its residents … Continue reading “Palestine Needs an Anti-Zionist Idea, Rather Than Just an Anti-Zionist Protest Movement”