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.

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.

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  • The European Union and the New Turkey
    • Tuesday, June 26, 2018

    The European Union and the New Turkey

    The EU should continue to increase its support to human rights defenders, independent media and civil society. This is probably an even more arduous task than before the election.

  • Turkey’s Perfect Path to Autocracy
    • Tuesday, May 08, 2018

    Turkey’s Perfect Path to Autocracy

    Upcoming elections in Turkey will determine whether democracy in the country can rebound or will be replaced by one-man rule.

  • Gas and Gunboats Around Cyprus
    • Tuesday, March 20, 2018

    Gas and Gunboats Around Cyprus

    The latest standoff over energy resources in the Mediterranean illustrates the renewed risk of a military miscalculation in the region. More than ever before, diplomacy should prevail over saber rattling.

  • A Middle East Game Much Bigger Than Turkey
    • Tuesday, February 20, 2018

    A Middle East Game Much Bigger Than Turkey

    The course that Turkish leaders choose to follow in the Syrian war will have long-term consequences for their country and for the world.

  • A Sea Change for Turkey in Europe
    • Monday, January 22, 2018

    A Sea Change for Turkey in Europe

    Ankara’s latest military offensive in Syria and its domestic agenda are leading to a cul-de-sac with the EU.

  • A Tale of a Dual Turkey
    • Monday, December 18, 2017

    A Tale of a Dual Turkey

    Turkey is haphazardly decoupling from Western norms and behavior, but the EU must remain an anchor for Turkish democrats.

  • EU-Turkey Relations Confined to Core Priorities
    • Tuesday, November 21, 2017

    EU-Turkey Relations Confined to Core Priorities

    Despite a deteriorating relationship, Brussels and Ankara will have to find a way to work together.

  • Turkey’s Echo Chamber Trap
    • Tuesday, October 24, 2017

    Turkey’s Echo Chamber Trap

    Turkey’s quandary will only be resolved by the country’s politicians and citizens. How much courage, consistency, and resilience they show will be of the essence.

  • Europe’s Policy Options on Turkey
    • Wednesday, September 27, 2017

    Europe’s Policy Options on Turkey

    EU leaders should use the next European Council summit to have a frank and sober discussion about Ankara’s future relationship with Europe.

  • Turkey’s Downward Spiral
    • Monday, August 28, 2017

    Turkey’s Downward Spiral

    It is becoming harder by the day to make sense of the strategy behind Ankara’s domestic and foreign policy choices—assuming there is one at all.

Education

MA, Economic Sciences, University of Aix en Provence 

Languages
  • English
  • French
  • Italian
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