Marc Pierini

Visiting Scholar
Carnegie Europe
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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 September 19, 2016
    The EU and Turkey’s Concrete Work Agenda

    Brussels and Ankara have a long to-do list ahead of them. But domestic politics on both sides could interfere with this schedule.

  • Erdogan
    Strategic Europe August 25, 2016
    The Ankara-Brussels Problem

    Despite recent—and harsh—rhetoric, one hopes that Brussels and Ankara find the common ground to work on their many mutual interests.

  • Refugee
    Paper August 18, 2016
    In Search of an EU Role in the Syrian War

    The EU’s future role in Syria will be a litmus test of a genuine common foreign and security policy.

  • Strategic Europe August 3, 2016 Русский
    Could Russia Play Turkey Off Against the West?

    At a meeting in Saint Petersburg between the Russian and Turkish presidents, an opportunistic convergence of minds could emerge between the two leaders.

  • Strategic Europe July 18, 2016 中文
    Three Western Worries About Turkey

    Turkey’s failed coup attempt raises three concerns for Western leaders: military reliability, the rule of law, and an ideological drift away from the West.

  • Turkey
    Op-Ed Politico Europe July 16, 2016
    What’s Next for Turkey

    Where is Turkey’s illiberal democracy going after the attempted coup on July 15?

  • Strategic Europe July 14, 2016
    What Next After Turkey’s Foreign Policy Recalibration?

    Ankara’s recent foreign policy shifts on Israel and Russia have been welcomed in the West. But a number of unanswered questions about Turkey’s future remain.

  • EU flag
    Op-Ed Turkish Policy Quarterly June 30, 2016
    The Foreign Policy Fallout of Brexit

    Although it is too early to speculate how the EU’s foreign policy instruments will be affected by Britain’s exit, it is easier to describe the negative consequences than to imagine possible benefits.

  • Military
    Op-Ed German Marshall Fund of the United States June 20, 2016
    Can Europe Counter New Terrorist Threats?

    The Mediterranean has long been a focal area for conflicts and terrorism. From a European perspective, tackling terrorism in the area now requires a substantial policy reshuffle.

  • Strategic Europe May 31, 2016
    Crunch Time in the EU-Turkey Relationship

    EU leaders need to withstand Ankara’s emotional narrative and postpone Turkey’s EU accession negotiations until better times.

  • Online Q&A on the Refugee and Migrant Crisis
    September 5, 2016 Virtual
    Online Q&A on the Refugee and Migrant Crisis

    Scholars from Carnegie Europe and the Carnegie Middle East Center participated in a Reddit AMA on the refugee and migrant crisis.

  • May 30, 2016 Hotel Sofitel Brussels Europe, Brussels
    Supporting Tunisia’s Transition

    How can Tunisia and its international partners, particularly the EU, forge a new and more constructive dynamic to reverse the country’s recent troubling trajectory?

  • 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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