Marc Pierini

Visiting Scholar
Carnegie Europe
Pierini is a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe, where his research focuses on developments in the Middle East and Turkey from a European perspective.


MA, Economic Sciences, University of Aix en Provence 


English; French; Italian

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Marc Pierini is a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe, where his research focuses on developments in the Middle East and Turkey from a European perspective.

Pierini was a career EU diplomat from December 1976 to April 2012. He was EU ambassador and head of delegation to Turkey (2006–2011) and ambassador to Tunisia and Libya (2002–2006), Syria (1998–2002), and Morocco (1991–1995). He also served as the first coordinator for the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, or the Barcelona Process, from 1995 to 1998 and was the main negotiator for the release of the Bulgarian hostages from Libya from 2004 to 2007.

Pierini served as counselor in the cabinet of two European commissioners: Claude Cheysson, from 1979 to 1981, and Abel Matutes, from 1989 to 1991. He has published three essays in French: “Le prix de la liberté,” “Télégrammes diplomatiques,” and “Où va la Turquie?.”

Pierini is a member of the International Council of the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations in Marseille.

  • Strategic Europe November 27, 2015
    Turkey and the EU: Old Routine and New Tensions

    From fighting the Islamic State to coping with Europe’s refugee crisis, the EU and Turkey now have even more daunting issues to deal with than in recent years.

  • Strategic Europe November 10, 2015
    Five Regional Assessments of the Refugee Crisis

    Five Carnegie Europe scholars discuss how the migration and refugee crisis is affecting different parts of the globe.

  • Strategic Europe November 3, 2015 Русский
    How Will the EU Deal With Postelection Turkey?

    Turkey’s future will depend to a large extent on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who remains the towering figure of the country’s politics.

  • Turkey
    Q&A October 27, 2015
    Turkey Votes, Again

    On November 1, Turkey will hold its second parliamentary election in just five months. As in the previous contest, the outcome is proving tricky to predict.

  • Syria
    Op-Ed King’s College London October 17, 2015
    Turkey’s Uncertain Policy on Syria

    Reading Turkey’s uncertain policy on Syria is a complex undertaking: Ankara’s reluctance remains rooted in domestic politics.

  • Op-Ed IEMed Mediterranean Yearbook 2015 October 15, 2015
    The Changed Regional Environment Since the Barcelona Conference of 1995

    Twenty years after the launch of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, the EU needs to adjust to the new realities in the region and at the same time keep promoting its values.

  • Strategic Europe October 13, 2015 Français
    Tunisia After the Nobel Peace Prize

    This year’s Nobel Peace Prize confers new responsibilities on Tunisian civil society and, more widely, on all those in charge of the country’s future.

  • Refugees
    Q&A October 1, 2015 عربي
    The Roots of Europe’s Refugee Crisis

    The refugee crisis is impacting political stability in the Middle East and Europe. How should leaders respond to the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II?

  • Strategic Europe September 29, 2015
    Erdoğan’s Delicate Visit to Brussels

    The Turkish president’s forthcoming trip to the EU institutions comes at a critical time for the international community, for the EU, and for Turkey.

  • Russia airforce
    Op-Ed Hürriyet Daily News September 22, 2015 Русский
    Assadland, a Russian Protectorate

    By establishing a strategic presence in Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin is securing the future of a vital ally in the Middle East.

  • Paris
    WAMU’s Diane Rehm Show November 17, 2015
    Pressures on the West to Shift Strategy Against the Islamic State

    After the deadly attacks in Paris on November 13, the United States and Europe meet to discuss a more unified response to the threat of the Islamic State.

  • Bloomberg November 16, 2015
    How Will the Paris Attacks Affect EU-Turkey Relations?

    After the Paris attacks, Europe’s relations with Turkey are likely to focus on reinforcement of security measures.

  • Turkey
    France 24 November 2, 2015
    Erdoğan Strikes Back

    With the AKP’s victory in the Turkish parliamentary election, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ambitions for a presidential system of government seem increasingly concrete.

  • Erdogan
    France 24 October 6, 2015
    The Deal With Erdoğan: Turkish President in Brussels

    Given the war in Syria and other challenges in the Middle East, Turkey is hard for Europe to ignore.

  • Erdogan
    BBC World News October 5, 2015
    Erdoğan’s Visit to Brussels

    The EU and Turkey are in the same unsustainable situation: they need each other to address common challenges and pursue shared interests.

  • Putin; Obama
    Euronews September 29, 2015
    Russia and the United States on Syria: Who Leads, Who Follows?

    After meeting at the United Nations, will the leaders of the United States and Russia find a way to work together to end the conflict in Syria?

  • Refugee
    TRT World September 15, 2015
    How Can the EU Deal With the Refugee Crisis?

    European governments are reacting differently to the refugee crisis. An agreement among European member states is a necessary step in facing the emergency.

  • Turkey
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation July 27, 2015
    Turkey Launches Military Operations Against Islamic State and PKK

    After military operations against the self-styled Islamic State in Syria and Kurdish separatists in Northern Iraq, Turkey’s strategy seems to be at a turning point.

  • Tunisia
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation June 8, 2015
    Tunisia’s Difficult Road

    Tunisia was the first country that underwent an Arab Spring transition to democracy and has been the most successful so far. But what challenges still lie ahead?

  • Turkey
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation June 5, 2015
    Turkish Election

    Will the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) be able to secure the 10 percent threshold needed to enter the Turkish parliament?

  • March 2, 2015 Vienna
    The European Neighborhood Policy: Which Way Forward?

    Ten years after its launch, it is time to rethink the European Neighborhood Policy. There is a need for greater differentiation and for more nimble and flexible instruments.

  • February 26, 2015 Tunis عربي Français
    Cross-border Security Threats and Responses

    Modern jihadist organizations have taken advantage of continued instability to make themselves into territorialized organizations which frequently cross established state borders, such as the Islamic State.

  • Turkey
    January 27, 2015 Brussels
    Recharting EU-Turkey Relations

    Following recent EU leadership changes and the election of a new president and the creation of a new cabinet in Turkey, can the EU-Turkey relationship be revitalized?

  • Turkey; Gezi
    September 25, 2013 Brussels
    Beyond the Ballot Box: Advancing Democracy in Turkey

    The increasingly authoritarian practices and restrictions on individual freedoms in Turkey are at odds with the ruling Justice and Development Party’s stated objective of establishing an advanced democracy.

  • MENA Conference
    May 8, 2013 Brussels, Fondation Universitaire
    The Social and Economic Dimensions of Transition

    While the desire for liberal values did help fuel the Arab Spring, the Western perspective tends to overlook the underlying socioeconomic dimensions of the transition.

  • January 23, 2013 Brussels
    Poor Record, Positive Solutions: Advancing Press Freedom in Turkey

    The judicial prosecution and imprisonment of journalists in Turkey hit record highs in recent years, damaging the country’s image.

  • M.Pierini; S.Ülgen; H.Grabbe; H.E. Selim Yenel
    December 12, 2012 Brussels
    Breaking the Turkey-EU Stalemate

    Can Ankara and Brussels develop a framework for reinvigorating the relationship, or is it time for the two to go their separate ways?


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