• 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, has spent the past week holding meetings throughout Israel and the Palestinian Territories in order to evaluate the current situation in the region after the Gaza war. On arrival last Thursday he met in Tel Aviv with a group of the SHADES programme fellows including Israeli officials, American,  European and Egyptian [...]

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Forward Thinking travelled to Tunisia to hold a series of roundtable meetings with both senior politicians and young political activists to discuss the situation in the country ahead of elections. The meetings brought together a diverse range of representatives, including figures from: Al Islah, CPR Ennahda, Ettakatol Joumhouri, Nidaa Tounes, the Popular Front, the student [...]

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