• 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 28th July 2016, Forward Thinking attended the ‘Muslims and Brexit: What Next?’ conference, hosted by the Muslim Association of Britain, at the School of Oriental and African Studies. Panelists included academics, political analysts, media figures, legal experts and youth leaders. The conference explored the political and policy landscape prior to the referendum result [...]

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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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