• 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.


The Director, Oliver McTernan, and Political Dialogues Director, Julian Weinberg, travelled to Helsinki to hold meetings with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. The purpose of the visit was to discuss the Helsinki Policy Forum and its forthcoming activities. The Helsinki Policy Forum is a programme managed by Forward Thinking and supported by the Ministry [...]

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We were greatly saddened to hear of the sudden death of Mokhtar Yahyaoui, yesterday. Mokhtar Yahyaoui was a highly respected Tunisian judge, human rights campaigner and secular, independent, political activist.  We came to know Mokhtar, in 2011, when we organised a visit to London to meet with Parliament and the British media for him and [...]

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