• 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.


On the 3rd February 2016, Forward Thinking were invited to attend an MOD Briefing from the Chief of Defence Staff, Sir Nicholas Houghton OBE, and the Service Chiefs, regarding British military involvement in Syria to date. Introducing the briefing and taking questions were Secretary of State for Defence, The Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP, and The Rt [...]

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Oliver McTernan, Director of Forward Thinking, was invited to attend an International Conference on Middle East and North Africa hosted by the Republic of Korea and European External Action Service (EEAS) in Seoul. The conference focused on the current challenges facing the MENA region and was attended by over 120 Ambassadors and other international affairs practitioners. [...]

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