• 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.


Julian Weinberg travelled to Tunisia, 14th-17th April to hold a series of bilateral meetings with senior politicians and civil society activists, as a part of Forward Thinking’s ongoing dialogue in the country. The meetings spanned Tunisia’s political spectrum and included discussions with: Beji Caid Essebsi (President of Nidaa Tounes), Ennahda, the Popular Front, the UGTT, [...]

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Oliver met with Minister for Foreign Affairs Erkki Tuomioja in order to discuss ongoing developments in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region. Discussion also took place concerning MENA region - Western dialogue, and the involvement of the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Forward Thinking’s work.

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