• 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.


Forward Thinking hosted  Hayder al-Khoei, an associate fellow at Chatham House and a Fellow at Forward Thinking, to explore the theme, ”The Middle East Beyond the Sectarian Divide”. It was attended by parliamentarians, media professionals and individuals with expertise on the Middle East to explore underlying issues, exchange perspectives and deepen analysis. Discussions examined the growing tendency in the West to [...]

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Forward Thinking hosted Mustapha Barghouti, the Palestinian activist and General Secretary of al Mubadara, at our offices in London for a roundtable discussion on the situation in Israel and Palestine and the current prospects for peace. The meeting was attended by British parliamentarians; representatives of the media; members of the international community and medical experts [...]

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