• 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.


On the 19th of July 2016, Forward Thinking attended the first Community Cohesion Summit at the Houses of Parliament. The event brought together senior Parliamentarians, police, community, grassroots, faith, sports and other civil society representatives to explore diverse perspectives and practical steps to combat racism, hate crime and xenophobia within communities. The summit was chaired by [...]

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Government and parliamentary representatives from Tripoli attend meeting in Rome organised by Forward Thinking and the Sovereign Order of Malta to discuss key humanitarian challenges related to migration flows and to explore how the Libyan authorities (and wider international community) should respond. The meeting, titled: “How to Face Migration Challenges in the Mediterranean”,  took place in Rome, at [...]

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