• 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.


Between the 8th-12th of August the Middle East Programme Manager, Edward Channer, travelled to Israel and the West Bank to hold meetings with figures from a variety of backgrounds and political affiliations in order to gain a comprehensive overview of recent developments and to develop Forward Thinking’s forthcoming activities. In the West Bank meetings were [...]

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Forward Thinking held a meeting with the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to discuss the UK ‘Building Bridges’ Programme  and to share insights from our engagement with a diverse spectrum of Muslim grassroots and community groups, parliamentarians, legal professionals and journalists. Discussions also explored developments within the UK, exploring DCLG initiatives, emerging challenges [...]

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