• 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.


The Director spent six days in the Israel and Palestine, holding meetings in Jerusalem, Gaza, Tel Aviv and Ramallah.  Over the course of this visit he met with some of the Palestinian political leadership, Knesset members from the different parties, academics, and diplomats. The purpose of these meetings was to access and understand the current trends [...]

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Professor Schueftan provided a briefing on the current security challenges confronting Israel, as he perceived them, and how these might be addressed.  Professor Schueftan is a senior Israeli academic and director of the National Security Studies Center at the University of Haifa, where he also serves as a senior lecturer in the School of Political Science. He has [...]

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