• 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 and Middle East Programme Manager held meetings with Israeli and Palestinian figures from a range of parties and affiliations. Meetings took place with politicians of various factions in Gaza, as well as with youth groups, intellectuals and community leaders. These meetings demonstrated the deteriorating situation in the Gaza Strip, where challenges following the [...]

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Oliver was invited to chair a discussion, “Theology behind the Arab Spring” hosted by the Human Rights and Democracy Department at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. At the discussion was Said Ferjani, a senior member of Ennahda, who has been active in Forward Thinking’s dialogue process in Tunisia.

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