• 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.


On the 27th of October, Julian Weinberg met Houcine Abbassi – Secretary General of the UGTT, Tunisia’s largest trade union – at a dinner hosted by the Ambassdor of Tunisia to the UK. They discussed Abbassi’s experience of the historic mediation role for which the UGTT and its partner organisations (UTICA, LTDH, and the National [...]

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On 26th October 2016, Forward Thinking convened a parliamentary roundtable discussion on the theme: ‘The Opportunities and Challenges in Supporting Community Cohesion’ chaired by Yasmin Qureshi MP. The roundtable brought together diverse Muslim grassroots organisations, with charitable trusts and foundations, parliamentarians and policy makers from the Home Office and DCLG. Keynote speakers shared their insights into the challenges facing [...]

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