• 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.


Building upon the Irish Peace Process Programme, Forward Thinking met with Members of the Knesset, youth activists and influential women from the Ultra-Orthodox community who have taken part in delegations to Belfast and Dublin. These meetings provide Forward Thinking with invaluable insights into the impact of the visits and participants’ perspectives on how to integrate their Irish experiences into their [...]

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Forward Thinking, in partnership with the Academie Diplomatique Internationale, facilitated a Palestinian Humanitarian Conference on 14th-15th September, hosted by the Academie in Paris. The conference brought together Palestinian political figures and academics from the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem with European and MENA region politicians, diplomats, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials. It [...]

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