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 Return of the European Commission to Foreign Policy Making?
    • Thursday, September 11, 2014

    The Return of the European Commission to Foreign Policy Making?

    The incoming president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, hopes to improve foreign policy coordination among the EU institutions. That is a laudable aim.

  • Is There a Political Meaning to Turkey’s Mining Tragedy?
    • Friday, May 23, 2014

    Is There a Political Meaning to Turkey’s Mining Tragedy?

    The Turkish government’s mishandling of a recent mining disaster has political implications that reach beyond the catastrophe’s massive human cost.

  • Recep Tayyip Erdoğan: Turkey’s President-in-Waiting?
    • Wednesday, May 07, 2014

    Recep Tayyip Erdoğan: Turkey’s President-in-Waiting?

    Turkey’s prime minister looks increasingly likely to become its first directly elected president this summer. What sort of head of state would Recep Tayyip Erdogan be?

  • Four World Issues: A Traveler’s View From the High Seas
    • Thursday, April 24, 2014

    Four World Issues: A Traveler’s View From the High Seas

    From Chinese industrialization to maritime trade, from the perils of piracy to human trafficking, a voyage from the Far East to Europe reveals much about the modern world.

  • Victory at Home, Estrangement Abroad
    • Tuesday, April 01, 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.

  • Is Turkey on a Collision Course With the EU?
    • Wednesday, 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.

  • Tough Choices for Turkey This Fall
    • Friday, July 19, 2013

    Tough Choices for Turkey This Fall

    Turkey faces difficult decisions in the months ahead. If the government chooses to further polarize the debate, the price is likely to be high, both at home and abroad.

  • Qatar’s Foreign Policy Under the New Emir
    • Friday, June 28, 2013

    Qatar’s Foreign Policy Under the New Emir

    Qatar has become a more assertive regional player than ever before. Now, the new emir has an opportunity to finally explain his country’s long-term foreign policy agenda.

  • The International Fallout From the Gezi Crisis
    • Friday, June 21, 2013

    The International Fallout From the Gezi Crisis

    Turkey’s Gezi protest movement has shown that Western values have taken deep root in Turkish society. Neither Turkey nor the EU can afford to ignore such widespread views.

  • Syria: The End-Game?
    • Tuesday, December 11, 2012

    Syria: The End-Game?

    Although fraught with dangers, the upcoming Friends of the Syrian People meeting in Marrakesh offers a genuine opportunity to move closer to ending the Syrian tragedy.

Education

MA, Economic Sciences, University of Aix en Provence 

Languages
  • English
  • French
  • Italian
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