• 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 facilitated a series of meetings for Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP (Democratic Unionist Party) and Pat Sheehan MLA (Sinn Fein) with Palestinian political figures of various affiliations. This included meetings with cross-party members of the Palestinian Legislative Council and academics in East Jerusalem, Ramallah, Hebron and Nablus, as well as meetings with Dr Sabri [...]

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Between the 8th-12th of August the Middle East Programme Manager, Edward Channer, travelled to Israel and the West Bank to hold meetings with figures from a variety of backgrounds and political affiliations in order to gain a comprehensive overview of recent developments and to develop Forward Thinking’s forthcoming activities. In the West Bank meetings were [...]

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