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 [...]Read more
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
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.
On the 12th of October Forward Thinking convened a roundtable workshop exploring recent developments in the Southern Mediterranean, with a particular focus on the Syrian conflict and Egypt’s economic outlook. The meeting brought together representatives of the international community, journalists focusing on the MENA region, and analysts of the Syrian conflict for in-depth discussions. Participants’ [...]Read more