• 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.


Forward Thinking convened a closed roundtable to explore the current state of the Syrian Crisis and the current prospects for peace. Discussions sought to unpack the local, regional and international dimensions of the conflict and highlight how these interact. It was stressed that, while the international community and regional powers may be able to devise [...]

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On the 26th April, Isobel Scott-Barrett joined Carl Arrindell on Islam Channel’s ‘In Focus’ for an interview on Forward Thinking’s engagement with British Muslim Communities and to debate some of the challenges that face these communities in the current political climate. The discussion focused on the challenges of tick box consultation, the stereotyping and simplification [...]

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