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Scientific perspectives altered the discourse of states within the IWC from one concerned with the fundamentally political question of the short-term response of other states to one concerned with the fundamentally scientific question of the long-term response of the whale stocks. The Dominance of Principled Discourse Adoption of a commercial moratorium in 1982 illustrated the growing impact of a moral discourse that had been part of IWC debates since the 1970s. Most whaling states considered any moratorium economically undesirable and most cetologists considered a commercial moratorium that failed to distinguish between species scientifically unsound.
The Geography of the Peace (New York: Harcourt Brace, 1944). 14. The theory was: "Who rules East Europe commands the Heartland; Who rules the Heartland commands the World-Island; Who rules the WorldIsland commands the World," (Mackinder, Democratic Ideals, 150). Halford J. Mackinder, "The Round World and the Winning of the Peace," Foreign Affairs (July 1943). 15. Lipschutz, When Nations Clash. 16. John Lewis Gaddis, Strategies of Containment (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982). 17. Cited in Lipschutz, When Nations Clash, 103.
64 By that year, many cetologists contended that minke whale stocks could sustain limited commercial harvests. 66However, the moral discourse of the 1980s had shifted the focus of commission debate from whether whale stocks could sustain whaling to whether they should sustain whaling. "68Despite these assessments, the IWC has extended the moratorium in every year since 1990. 69Maintenance of the moratorium, adoption of the RMP, and creation of the sanctuary demonstrate the IWC's continuing ability to arrive at collective decisions, despite increasÂ < previous page < previous page page_156 page_157 next page > next page > Page 157 ingly vehement opposition from whaling states.
Assessment of Mercury in the Environment by Frank M. D'Itri