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?.”

  • Turkey
    Strategic Europe April 1, 2014
    Victory at Home, Estrangement Abroad

    Recent local elections in Turkey were a big victory for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the domestic scene, but they have dented his standing internationally.

  • Turkey
    Article March 3, 2014
    How Far Backward Is Turkey Sliding?

    Turkey is in the midst of a deepening political crisis with far-reaching consequences. That is worrisome not just at home but also for outside actors, especially the EU.

  • Erdogan; Schulz; Van Rompuy; Barroso
    Strategic Europe January 29, 2014
    Is Turkey on a Collision Course With the EU?

    The Turkish prime minister’s recent trip to Brussels was well choreographed, but it cannot hide the fact that Ankara’s rolling back of the rule of law has shocked the EU.

  • Erdogan; Turkey
    Op-Ed Hürriyet Daily News January 13, 2014
    Erdoğan’s Timely Visit to Brussels

    The bonds between Turkey and the EU are reaching a critical moment. Vision, and not local politics, should guide upcoming talks between Erdogan and his EU counterparts.

  • War in Syria
    Article December 20, 2013
    Can the “Geneva II” Conference Bring Peace to Syria?

    Any peaceful solution for Syria will hinge on a compromise that brings a transitional government to Damascus.

  • Erdogan; Turkey
    Article December 13, 2013
    Making Sense of Turkey’s Foreign Policy

    In the eyes of the West, Ankara fluctuates on international issues and displays a lack of consistency in dealing with its allies. Why is Turkey’s foreign policy so erratic?

  • Ukraine
    Op-Ed Hurriyet Daily News December 9, 2013
    Two Squares, One Requirement

    Protests in Istanbul and Kiev have similar root causes and similar effects. The demonstrations have shown that citizens can and do take charge in their demand for freedom.

  • Turkey
    Op-Ed Hurriyet Daily News October 19, 2013
    A New Canal and Chinese Missiles

    Turkey’s planned new canal and a missile defense system both send the message that Turkey will go its own way, swiftly and irrespective of the country’s international environment and commitments.

  • Turkey; EU
    Op-Ed European Voice October 17, 2013
    Europe and Turkey: Still Talking?

    The main obstacle in EU-Turkey accession talks is whether Ankara will create a domestic environment that can ensure a culture of open discussion.

  • War in Syria
    Article October 17, 2013 عربي
    The Syrian War in Three Capitals

    The Syrian war is being played out in Moscow, Tehran, and Washington. To achieve further progress, the three capitals cannot avoid working together on a diplomatic solution.

  • 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.


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