• 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 Middle East Programme Manager travelled to Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, 22nd-27th of February, to meet with contacts from across the political spectrum and evaluate recent developments in the region. Much attention was given to the forthcoming Israeli elections and what their implications might be for the Peace Process. On the [...]

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On the 25th February 2015 Forward Thinking convened a roundtable meeting at the Houses of Parliament in order to discuss the upcoming Israeli elections with a prominent Israeli academic. The roundtable explored the shifting Israeli political scene ahead of elections in March, the potential for a new government to manoeuvre towards a peace agreement, and [...]

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