• 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.


We are deeply saddened at the news of the death of David Glass, former Israeli minister and advisor to Shas, who passed away on Saturday in Jerusalem after a series of health problems. Having worked closely with David for the past ten years we will feel his loss keenly; he was a great friend to [...]

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The Director and Middle East Programme Manager visited Gaza where they met with some of the victims of the bombardment as well as with political, civil society, and academic leaders.  They found the scale of the devastation  in the towns like Beit Hanoun and Sheja’eya, as in other parts of the Gaza Strip, truly shocking. [...]

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