• 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.


Forward Thinking met with diverse political leaders, youth leaders, academics, business figures and diplomats in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Ramallah, Nablus and Gaza. These figures represented a wide spectrum of both Israeli and Palestinian politics and society. The meetings provided a detailed insight into the current situation within the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and, in particular, the recent rise [...]

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As part of the Irish peace process programme, Forward Thinking, in conjunction with the British Embassy in Tel Aviv, facilitated the visit to Belfast and London of a delegation of leading female figures from within Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox community, 15th-18th November. The group were exposed to the Northern Irish experience of conflict and peacebuilding through an [...]

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