Required Essay 5 (RE5)
You are a writer for Scientific American, and your editor has assigned you to provide a brief report on some of the key aspects of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), more commonly known as the Iran Nuclear Deal. This report should serve as a high quality summary of the major points of the agreement, both in terms of Iran’s commitments in regards to proliferation as well as the promised responses of the other actors involved. Writing this essay should also help you familiarize yourself with the content of the JCPOA.
Most, if not all, of the content of your report can come from the following source::
Additional resources can include the following, though you can also look elsewhere if necessary:
Your report should address the following questions:
It is up to you to choose how to organize this information clearly and logically. Your report should have the following structure.
Your report should be at least 2.5 pages in length, but must not be longer than 3 pages when printed in the format specified in the Student Handbook. This includes the title, headers, and footers. To check this, you should print the exact version you are going to submit. If your paper is longer than 3 pages when printed, the score it would have received will be marked down heavily.
The Student Handbook provides complete guidance for preparing and submitting writing assignments. Before you turn in your essay, be sure to review the writing assignment submission checklist in the Handbook.
In writing your report, assume that your audience is generally curious about science and is familiar with scientific concepts at a high-school or early-college level. To get a sense of how Scientific American presents information and the style of its news and policy reporting, you may consult the following articles as examples:
Citation of sources:
Articles in Scientific American, and in news outlets in general, often do not include citations in the text of an article. Also, since you are mainly using material from a single article, you are not required to cite material from the CRS report on the Iran Nuclear Deal. When we grade your essay, we will assume unless stated otherwise that material comes from that report.
This does not mean you can pull large sections of text from the report and use them with no changes in your paper. If you do include any direct quotes or material from other sources beyond the report, you may cite them simply by including the number of the source in brackets after a statement in need of citation rather than a traditional citation. If you use a source other than those listed above, please include a more complete citation so we can identify the source.
Do not include a bibliography or a list of references.