• 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 helped to host Dr Ahmad Iravani, an Iranian scholar, when he visited London, 27th March 2015. Dr Iravani is currently president of the Center for the Study of Islam and the Middle East, and a Fellow at The Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America where he teaches [...]

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Forward Thinking convened a roundtable discussion exploring the impact of the ISIS phenomenon and, more broadly, recent developments in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, on British Muslim Communities.  The meeting was an open discussion, bringing together individuals from diverse backgrounds, including: representatives from the British Muslim Community, members of civil society, the media, [...]

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