• 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.


Oliver attended this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, meeting with leading political, religious and business figures to discuss events in the MENA region and the work of Forward Thinking. At the Forum, Oliver was asked to moderate a discussion around the theme, “Changing Narratives: Religion, Society and Security.” This session focused on the rise [...]

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The Middle East Programme Manager held meetings with Palestinian political leaders of various affiliations, as well as community leaders, in the Gaza Strip on 15th and 16th January. The continued deterioration of the situation in Gaza and the scale of despair and suffering amongst the population was made clear by all. There is an urgent [...]

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