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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.

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”

Djibouti’s Sovereignty Claim Over Port Sets a Dangerous Precedent for Africa By Joseph Dana - Sep 27, 2018

Can Africa help itself? The question might seem condescending, but its relevance is undeniable. Reversing centuries of colonialism, lackluster development and uneven economic growth, developing countries around the world are transforming thanks to unprecedented connectivity infrastructure, a growing global middle class and rapid urbanization – and Africa is at the heart of the changes. It … Continue reading “Djibouti’s Sovereignty Claim Over Port Sets a Dangerous Precedent for Africa”

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”