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How We’re Making Progress With Iran, Even If the Nuclear Deal Fails

Behind the headline-making talks, subtler forms of diplomacy are laying the real groundwork for Iran’s international future.

Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Paris earlier this year.

Since negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 countries (America, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United Kingdom) commenced on June 26th, there have been missed deadlines and a spate of nervous nail biting as uncertainty reigned regarding the outcome of the talks. But early Tuesday morning, negotiators in Vienna, Austria finally produced a viable nuclear deal. The massive document, still being parsed for details, basically constitutes a promise by Iran to curb any nuclear activities that could contribute to weaponization for at least 15 years. Tehran will allow regular non-proliferation compliance inspections and unprecedented access to state facilities in perpetuity, with heightened monitoring by watchdogs for the next couple of decades. In exchange for this (and a host of other little guarantees), some of the world’s harshest sanctions, ratcheted up on Iran especially over the past decade, will slowly roll back towards normalization.

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The good news is we've got an in—so send us a question and we'll actually be able pose it to some amazing entrepreneurs from around the world...





Next Monday and Tuesday, in Washington, D.C., the President is hosting a Summit on Entrepreneurship, which will bring together over 250 successful Muslim entrepreneurs from 50 countries to discuss the role entrepreneurship can play in improving lives, cities, and countries. In the President’s speech in Cairo last June, he announced that the U.S. will host a Summit on Entrepreneurship to identify how we can deepen ties between business leaders, foundations, and entrepreneurs in the United States and Muslim communities around the world. The Summit emphasizes the President’s broader aims of supporting entrepreneurship, innovation, and economic opportunity at home and abroad through creating and fostering effective and sustainable partnerships.

What is super cool is that we at GOOD have been offered special access to this event. Specifically, we'll be working on a project to photograph many of the featured panelists and entrepreneurs and ask them questions—essentially to be able to share this snapshot of the global culture of doers, leaders, and business people.

But as part of this, we want to let you in on the action. Tell us what you'd like to learn or ask at the Summit. Post it in the comments below, tweet us @GOOD with the tag #esummit, or get into our facebook conversation about it here.

We'll use your questions to inspire conversations with the people we meet.

Thanks, we look forward to your thoughts.

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Going Ballistic

America doesn't need a missile defense system in Europe, or this new fear-mongering film. With the relative silence of Dick...

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