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.

  • Tunisia
    Op-Ed Le Monde March 23, 2015 Français
    Tunisia After the Bardo Museum Tragedy

    The EU should engage in dialogue with all Tunisian stakeholders and help them firm up their country’s vital relationship with the Western world.

  • EU
    Op-Ed EUobserver March 6, 2015
    Is the EU Neighborhood Model Still Relevant?

    In 2014, the environment in the EU’s surroundings took a turn for the worse. It is high time to reevaluate the strategic thinking behind the European Neighborhood Policy.

  • Eurasia Outlook February 11, 2015
    What Would It Take to Restore a Peace Order in Europe?

    Western leaders’ recent attempts to assure a diplomatic resolution of the Ukraine crisis may come to no avail. Is it possible to restore the peaceful, European status quo amidst such rapidly growing East-West animosity? Eurasia Outlook asked Carnegie’s experts to share their thoughts.

  • Syria
    Op-Ed EUobserver February 5, 2015
    Syria: The Ultimate Example of Cynical Realpolitik

    Undoubtedly, the Syrian civil war will find its place in the history books as the ultimate example of cynical realpolitik.

  • Strategic Europe January 13, 2015
    After the Paris Attacks

    The initial show of unity after recent killings in Paris was remarkable. But that unity may falter if France’s leaders do not protect the country’s social fabric.

  • Turkey
    Op-Ed EUobserver January 9, 2015
    Putin and Erdoğan: A New Year and New Challenges in the EU Neighborhood

    Putin and Erdogan will keep contradicting or chastising the EU as often as their highly charged populist political style requires, while engaging the EU for vital economic reasons.

  • Turkey
    Op-Ed EUobserver December 18, 2014
    EU-Turkey Ties Will Survive War of Words

    A more assertive relationship with Turkey is in store for the European Union, but the assertiveness will likely be both ways.

  • Mogherini; Erdogan
    Paper December 10, 2014
    A Moment of Opportunity in the EU-Turkey Relationship

    EU-Turkey relations have grown very fast in recent years. Now, the pair should deepen their relationship by working together on issues that are of vital importance for both.

  • Strategic Europe December 9, 2014
    Why France Should Not Deliver the Mistral Ships to Russia

    France has been wavering over whether to honor a contract for the sale of two warships to Russia. Together with its Euro-Atlantic partners, Paris should cancel the deal.

  • Tusk; Mogherini; Juncker; European Union
    Op-Ed EUobserver December 3, 2014
    New Trio of EU Leaders Has Chance to Make a Difference

    The EU’s three new leaders have the tools and the rank to tackle Europe’s crises. To be successful, the trio needs the support of member states and the trust of the United States.

  • 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.

  • Unrest
    Voice of Russia June 25, 2013
    Division Between Supporters and Opponents of Morsi

    Tension has increased between supporters and opponents of President Morsi, with both threatening to stage mass protests on the one year anniversary of the president taking office.

  • Erdogan
    China Radio International's Beyond Beijing April 4, 2013
    Turkey at the Political and Geographic Nexus

    Turkey has experienced rising influence, but struggles with internal divides. Currently, it is dealing with regional developments in pursuing peace with the PKK and Israel.

  • Erdogan
    Fox News April 4, 2013
    Is Turkey Taking the Lead Against Assad's Regime?

    Following the Syrian crisis, Turkey's main role will be that of providing reconstruction aid.

  • 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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