What is Gibbons's topic? Explain the specific question or questions that she is trying to answer.
Those questions may be implicit or explicit. Identify and defend your answer.
Gibbons topic is nuclear weapons, the specific question that she is trying to answer is why the United
states has such a strong opposition against the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons that was
established by ICAN. Another question Gibbons poses is whether or not the United States should be
concerned that their NATO allies may chose to support the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
What is Gibbons's thesis? Please copy, in quotation marks, the exact sentence or sentences you
believe contain her thesis
o “But there is a more immediate, although rarely stated, concern: this new treaty could
undermine the cohesion of NATO an explicitly nuclear alliance”
• rewrite the thesis in your own words
o She is saying that the problem isn't just whether or not the treaty will be upheld but the
bigger problem is that the treaty could threaten the NATO alliance because some
countries could chose to support the treaty while others chose not to and this would
threaten the alliance because the alliance is a specifically nuclear alliance
What evidence does Gibbons present to support her thesis? Explain in general the kinds of evidence
she uses and give a specific example of a specific kind of anecdote or data she uses.
The evidence that Gibbons uses to support her thesis is she gives reasons answering the question she
poses about whether or not the US should be worried that the NATO allies might join the treaty, she
provides reasons that state that the US should not worry about their allies supporting the Treaty such as
many NATO members are putting the alliance before the treaty, russian aggression makes it a tricky time
to talk disarmament, most people don't pay attention to nuclear weapons policies etc. A specific example
that Gibbons uses to backup the fact that most people don't pay attention to nuclear weapon policies is “ A
poll of Europeans younger than 30 published in 2017 concluded that this generation is not on the verge of
mobilization regarding nuclear weapon issues and does not expect to actively engage in it”
What is the position (or what are the positions) that Gibbons is arguing against? How does she
provide rebuttals to the other side's (or sides') arguments? Give specific examples.
Gibbons is arguing that the US allies will not chose to support the treaty, she rebuttals this by stating
“Polling conducted on behalf of ICAN suggest that when asked about a nuclear ban treaty, many
european populations are in favor of it, but polls rarely ask id the participants had heard of the treaty
before taking the survey or whether they consider the risk of nuclear weapons in their daily lives”
What is Schlosser's thesis? What topic does he address? Why does he think it is important?
Schlosser’s topic is the nuclear weapon system. The importance of this topic is that it draws public
attention to threat of a nuclear war. Schlosser’s thesis is “The greatest danger is posed not by only
technological innovation but by a dilemma that has haunted nuclear strategy since the first
detonation of an atomic bomb. How do you prevent a nuclear attack while preserving the ability to
How does Schlosser present evidence, and how is it different from Gibbons's approach? What are
the strengths and weaknesses of Schlosser's strategy?
Schlosser presents evidence by first presenting the counterargument to his arguments, after he has
presented his counterargument he proceeds to provide evidence that disprove his counterargument while
simultaneously reinforcing his argument. Gibbons approach however is different because instead of using
counter arguments to get her point across Gibbons outlines all of the arguments she is going to make but
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