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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

In Excusing European and American Right-Wing Groups’ Anti-Semitism, Israel’s Netanyahu Puts Lives at Risk By Joseph Dana - Feb 11, 2019

Each year, at the end of January, the world marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The somber occasion recognizes the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi concentration camp of the darkest infamy. For the last half-century, it has been characterized by a reflection on the lives lost and on the persistence of hatred in … Continue reading “In Excusing European and American Right-Wing Groups’ Anti-Semitism, Israel’s Netanyahu Puts Lives at Risk”

Israel’s New Diplomacy Rests on Its Friends’ Falling Support for Palestine By Joseph Dana - Jan 31, 2019

“Isolation” is a word never far from the mouths of Israeli diplomats when discussing their country’s geopolitical predicament. Since its creation, Israel has bemoaned what it terms its undue isolation in the Arab and Muslim world. With the signing of peace agreements with Jordan and Egypt, this was greatly diminished, to be sure. But Israelis … Continue reading “Israel’s New Diplomacy Rests on Its Friends’ Falling Support for Palestine”

The West Leaves Russia and China an Open Field to Court Zimbabwe – And the Rest of Africa By Joseph Dana - Jan 28, 2019

The news trickling out of Zimbabwe is shocking, but hardly surprising. Over the last week, thousands have taken to the streets to protest rising fuel prices, astronomical inflation and a government seemingly unwilling or unable to fix the economy of one of Africa’s poorest countries. Making matters worse, Zimbabwe’s president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, blocked social media … Continue reading “The West Leaves Russia and China an Open Field to Court Zimbabwe – And the Rest of Africa”

As Gulf Cities Grow, There Is an Opportunity to Export Expertise in Urban Planning By Joseph Dana - Jan 22, 2019

The Arab Spring protests in 2011 marked the moment when contemporary urbanism became a field of intense interest in the Middle East. To be sure, the Middle East is home to some of the world’s greatest and oldest cities, but drawing a connection between urbanism and society has long been relegated to the domain of … Continue reading “As Gulf Cities Grow, There Is an Opportunity to Export Expertise in Urban Planning”

How a Natural Gas Pipeline to Europe Is Transforming the Turkish-Israeli Relationship By Joseph Dana - Jan 9, 2019

The relationship between Turkey and Israel has never been an easy one to understand. Since formal relations crystalized in 1949, with Turkey becoming one of the first majority Muslim countries to recognize Israel, both countries have found themselves at an arm’s length with the rest of the Middle East. By the time Israel sent medics … Continue reading “How a Natural Gas Pipeline to Europe Is Transforming the Turkish-Israeli Relationship”