• 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 October 20th Forward Thinking convened a roundtable workshop with Dr Mustapha Barghouti to discuss the current challenges confronting the Palestinian Territories and the prospects for peace. A medical doctor by profession, Barghouti is President of the Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees, an NGO which provides health and community services to more that 1 million people annually [...]

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Oliver and Julian travelled to Helsinki, 17th – 18th of October, to hold meetings with the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs to discuss the Helsinki Policy Forum and developments in the region.  The challenges of the continuing conflict in Syria, the new efforts to combat Daesh in Iraq, instability in Libya and the negative effect [...]

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