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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

The Palestinian Authority Has Lost the Plot By Joseph Dana - Sep 8, 2019

The world is awaiting the unveiling of the Trump administration’s much touted Israel-Palestine peace plan. But even before then, the Palestinian Authority is attempting to end the Oslo Accords that underwrite the status quo. True, Israel has used the Accords, which created the Palestinian Authority in 1994 as an interim form of Palestinian self-government, to … Continue reading “The Palestinian Authority Has Lost the Plot”

Smart City and Artificial Intelligence: How the UAE and Africa Can Benefit Each Other By Joseph Dana - Sep 5, 2019

What, precisely, is a “smart city”? The term is overused and much abused. Yet, the concept is something actually quite useful. Smart cities use technology to improve the urban environment. A smart city, essentially, is one that involves smart governance – another increasingly popular yet misunderstood term. In a nutshell, since technology can ease the … Continue reading “Smart City and Artificial Intelligence: How the UAE and Africa Can Benefit Each Other”

Forget Trying to Win Over Israel’s Knesset: Palestinians Must Now Focus on Winning the Argument Internationally By Joseph Dana - Aug 19, 2019

What hope do Palestinian citizens have in the Israeli parliament? Given the political dominance of the Israeli right and a slew of discriminatory laws, Palestinians are fighting an endless uphill battle with little upside. It’s been that way for five decades but the last two election cycles have thrust the issue into sharp focus and … Continue reading “Forget Trying to Win Over Israel’s Knesset: Palestinians Must Now Focus on Winning the Argument Internationally”

Aid Has Not Lifted Africa Out of Poverty, But Technology Will By Joseph Dana - Aug 8, 2019

Africa has the world’s lowest share of people using the internet, because of poor infrastructure and the rural nature of many communities. This stark statistic is often cited by Western aid agencies to justify investment in rural communities. The problem facing Africa, so the thinking goes, is fundamentally a rural one. While this might be … Continue reading “Aid Has Not Lifted Africa Out of Poverty, But Technology Will”

The Gulf Is Ideally Placed to Steal Facebook’s Thunder and Dominate the Remittance Market By Joseph Dana - Jul 10, 2019

Facebook is taking the financial world by storm with its proposed new currency, Libra. But regulators already have their doubts and some have threatened an outright ban of the digital currency before it even gets off the ground. For all the hype and misinformation about what exactly Libra is and how it fits into Facebook’s … Continue reading “The Gulf Is Ideally Placed to Steal Facebook’s Thunder and Dominate the Remittance Market”