• 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 and Middle East Programme Manager travelled to Israel and Palestine to hold meetings with a diverse range of politicians, academics and civil society activists. The meetings were an invaluable opportunity to evaluate recent developments in the region, particularly in light of the Israeli elections and subsequent coalition negotiations.

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A group of young Tunisian political activists met yesterday with the Ambassador of Canada to Tunisia, H.E. Sébastien Beaulieu, for discussions at the Canadian Embassy. The meeting was organised by Tareq Toukabri, and involved a number of individuals that were actively involved in Forward Thinking Tunisian Political Pluralism Dialogue Process (TPPDP) over the previous 18 [...]

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