• 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 second meeting of the Helsinki Policy Forum was held 21-23 October 2014 in Madrid, and was hosted by Casa Arabe and the Spanish Foreign Ministry.  The Forum brings together parliamentarians and political leaders, high-level government officials and senior economists, from across the European-MENA/Gulf region to discuss the common challenges they face with the aim [...]

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A new campaign, “Make it Work”, has been launched today to try and mobilise civil society’s support for the new talks process that have begun in Northern Ireland. The campaign asks people to show their support for the new talks by supporting the following statement: “We believe that the current talks process offers an important [...]

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