Between Monday 25th April and Friday 1st May 2017, Forward Thinking held bilateral meetings in Gaza and Ramallah with senior political figures from across the spectrum of Palestinian politics. Discussions focussed on internal Palestinian political dynamics and President Trump’s upcoming meeting with Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas. Forward Thinking also attended the opening of the Arab American University’s Ramallah conference and its ‘Policy and Conflict Resolution and Studies Center’. 

Meetings were also held in Jerusalem and in the Knesset with participants of the Irish Peace Process Programme. These meetings provided an opportunity to gain valuable feedback and to discuss the future direction of the Programme. A meeting was also held with a group of Israeli bloggers, who shared their insights into the mindset of their Israeli readership.