Rethinking the Negotiation Paradigm: Introducing “Fast-Track” Negotiation

Negotiation is among the best known and most used tools for advancing peace and political transition. Yet, the dominant model of the last few decades is built on methodological premises which, in aggregate, produce slow negotiation. 

As IFIT founder and executive director Mark Freeman explains in this one-minute video, a “fast track” model is needed to match the more urgent local change needed in the majority of conflict situations.

Fast-track negotiation will have a greater focus on outcomes over process; on pragmatism over perfectionism. Drawing on research that IFIT has begun carrying out, the fast-track negotiation model will expand the existing toolbox of conflict resolution, thus overcoming the risky reliance on a single, slow model.

More will be said about “fast-track negotiation” in the coming months.

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