Impasse


This term is widely used in everyday life to define the situation where a problem occurs or occurs, which is difficult to find a solution. Starting from this concept, it can be said that an impasse comprises two elements: an environment where all kinds of impediments or obstacles prevail that do not allow the people involved to find a solution to the conflict.

Another element is associated with the specific time, which is not usually extended in excess. If, for example, it is said that the agreements between the government and the businessmen are at an impasse, it will be possible to show that there is a juncture in the negotiation and this has a certain period of time, that is, it can last one day, maximum one week ; since it is not usual for an impasse to last more than four weeks.

The term impasse is of French origin which means “difficult situation”, impossible to solve. In the Spanish language it is usually translated as dead end, stagnant negotiation or deadlock.

An impasse can originate in cases where conflicts arise from situations where the facts are interpreted in different ways and if the parties involved analyze the facts at their own convenience, which leads them not to accept the requests of the opposing party as fair.

Here are some examples of contexts where the word impasse is used: “after a long impasse … the fugitive was arrested by the police, a few moments ago”. “They will take advantage of the impasse to distribute brochures; they want to have more employees on their claim ”.