• Middle East

    Our Middle East programme is based on the belief that a durable peace in the region can only be achieved through the active participation of those who are regarded as political or religious hardliners. We believe that, as long as the voices of non-convinced constituencies are not at the table, no sustainable solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict can be found. More

  • Political Dialogues

    The Helsinki Policy Forum is a political dialogue between parliamentarians, government officials and economic experts from the Arab/Muslim and Western worlds. The aim is to develop greater understanding and mutual respect to work towards addressing common challenges. The Tunisian Process... More


What we do

Forward Thinking is a proactive, demand-driven, facilitative organisation that works:
  • To promote a more inclusive peace process in the Middle East.
  • To facilitate political dialogues in, and between, the Arab/Muslim and Western worlds.
  • To promote in the UK, greater understanding and confidence between diverse grassroots Muslim communities and wider society.
Click here for a video of the Director, Oliver McTernan, speaking about the work of Forward Thinking.


Oliver McTernan was invited onto the Islam Channel to host a discussion on the theme, “Gaza Ceasefire: Peace at any Cost?” The programme explored the ongoing crisis in the Gaza Strip and how a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas might be reached. Oliver was joined by a distinguished panel to discuss these topics, including: Ben [...]

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In light of the ongoing conflict in Gaza, Oliver McTernan travelled to Israel Palestine to hold meetings with both Israeli and Palestinian figures to gain an evaluation of the current situation. On Wednesday, Oliver spent the morning holding discussions with Dr Mahdi Abdul Hadi, the director of the Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of [...]

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