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.

  • Refugees
    Q&A October 1, 2015
    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.

  • Strategic Europe September 11, 2015
    How to Establish a Workable EU Refugee Policy

    As Europe’s refugee crisis continues, EU governments urgently need to find concrete solutions. At stake are questions of rights, dignity, and Europe’s moral stance.

  • Syria in Crisis August 27, 2015
    What Will Follow Syria’s Hot Summer?

    The road to a political agreement in Syria remains long and bumpy as the priorities of different actors continue to diverge widely.

  • Strategic Europe August 4, 2015 Русский
    What to Make of Turkey’s New Counterterrorism Policy

    Ankara’s recent change of policy toward the Islamic State is a game changer. But the shift coincides with a more perplexing move against Turkey’s Kurdish insurgency.

  • Terrorism
    Op-Ed Euractiv July 31, 2015
    Adjusting the EU’s Counterterrorism Policy

    The European Union must use its resources intelligently to fight terrorism without destroying the union’s core principles.

  • Strategic Europe July 22, 2015
    Two Crucial Tests for Turkey

    Ankara faces two major challenges in the months ahead: forming a new government and participating effectively in the fight against Islamic State militants.

  • Article July 15, 2015
    A Bolder EU Strategy for Syrian Refugees

    The Syrian refugee crisis is no longer a short-term regional issue: it is a long-term international problem that deserves a coordinated answer, especially from the EU.

  • Op-Ed Hürriyet Daily News July 6, 2015
    Mustafa Akinci in Brussels

    The visit by the Northern Cypriot leader to Brussels on June 29–July 3 might not have received much attention. But chances have never been higher for a reunification of Cyprus.

  • 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?

  • Europe
    Euronews May 27, 2015 Français German
    Europe’s Open-Border Dilemma: Is Schengen a Success?

    Europe’s Schengen zone, which allows Europeans to travel freely across the continent, is turning thirty. Faced with a major migration crisis, can the system survive?

  • Lybia
    Euronews March 19, 2015
    Libya on the Brink: What’s the EU Doing?

    Four years after Gaddafi’s downfall, Libya faces the prospect of a full-blown civil war. How much responsibility do Europeans have for restoring stability in the country?

  • Turkey; Kobane
    Nato Channel TV October 14, 2014
    Turkey’s Border Threat and NATO’s Role

    The West and Turkey should meet the Islamic State threat with counterterrorism and border control measures. That may not be a military operation, but it is a big challenge.

  • Islamic State
    euronews October 8, 2014
    Born in Europe to Fight Foreign Wars?

    What can the EU do to prevent its citizens from leaving for Syria and Iraq to join the Islamic State and becoming a domestic threat once they return to European soil?

  • European Union
    Euronews December 19, 2013
    Defense Tops the Agenda for EU Leaders

    At December’s European Council summit, European defense topped the agenda for EU leaders. One key issue under discussion was pooling and sharing of military capabilities.

  • 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
    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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