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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.

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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”

How Israel Co-opts Palestinians to Enforce its Occupation By Joseph Dana - Dec 24, 2018

For all of the platitudes regarding the complexity of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, its construction is remarkably simple. This is especially true with Israel’s decades-long military occupation of the West Bank and its control over the Gaza Strip, which is driven by a mix of economics and security consideration. Religious connection to the land might be … Continue reading “How Israel Co-opts Palestinians to Enforce its Occupation”

Labor Mobility Is Key to Jumpstarting Africa’s Economic Development; Start With Visa-Free Travel By Joseph Dana - Dec 16, 2018

Think about labor migration and images immediately come to mind of boats full of forlorn souls crossing the Mediterranean toward Europe. The global refugee crisis that has dominated the headlines for several years drives this stereotype. Populist politicians use the crisis as a rallying cry to fortify borders, build walls and keep others out. Despite … Continue reading “Labor Mobility Is Key to Jumpstarting Africa’s Economic Development; Start With Visa-Free Travel”

The Unintended Consequences of Destroying Palestine’s Aid Economy By Joseph Dana - Dec 5, 2018

When it comes to maintaining an occupation, the difficulty is in the details. Large-scale military maneuvers are easy when compared with managing the daily existence of millions of people. After close to five decades of military rule in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Israel appears to have perfected the craft of occupation. One instrument … Continue reading “The Unintended Consequences of Destroying Palestine’s Aid Economy”

Africa Must Manufacture and Trade Its Way to a ‘Lion Economy’ and Build a Middle Class By Joseph Dana - Nov 29, 2018

Despite a recent downturn in the global economy, an unprecedented shift is underway throughout the so-called non-West. From Southeast Asia to Latin America, these economies have seen explosive urbanization and the emergence of a new middle class. Manufacturing remains the engine behind the re-emergence of non-Western economic power. Robust manufacturing sectors have created millions of … Continue reading “Africa Must Manufacture and Trade Its Way to a ‘Lion Economy’ and Build a Middle Class”