• 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.


Oliver McTernan, Director of Forward Thinking, attended the World Economic Forum meeting on the Middle East North Africa 2015, at the Dead Sea in Jordan, 21-23 May. The meeting is convening over 800 key leaders from government, business and civil society to explore how to realise a comprehensive and forward-looking vision for prosperity and peace in the [...]

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On Sunday the 17th Oliver gave two interviews with the BBC, the first on News Hour, on BBC World Radio Service and the second on World Service Television. In these interviews Oliver discussed the current situation in the Palestinian Territories, as well as the political implications of the canonisation of two 19th century Palestinian nuns.   [...]

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