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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  • Libya Is a European Emergency
    • Wednesday, July 01, 2020

    Libya Is a European Emergency

    EU leaders must either decide to act jointly as the European Union or leave Libya’s future in the hands of Russia and Turkey—with dangerous consequences for NATO and for Europe’s security.

  • The Ripple Effects of the Coronavirus in Turkey
    • Wednesday, April 15, 2020

    The Ripple Effects of the Coronavirus in Turkey

    The way autocratic regimes make use of the coronavirus pandemic is disrupting democracy and governance worldwide. Turkey is no exception.

  • The Gezi Trial Stunt and Turkey’s Increasing Isolation
    • Thursday, February 20, 2020

    The Gezi Trial Stunt and Turkey’s Increasing Isolation

    The acquittal of Osman Kavala followed by his absurd rearrest shows the abysmal state of rule of law and democracy in Turkey.

  • The Grandiose Dream and Impending Catastrophe of Canal Istanbul
    • Monday, January 13, 2020

    The Grandiose Dream and Impending Catastrophe of Canal Istanbul

    Canal Istanbul is a truly international and environmental issue, not just a dream-come-true story for Turkey’s leadership.

  • Time for Europe to Act Strategically in the Middle East
    • Thursday, October 17, 2019

    Time for Europe to Act Strategically in the Middle East

    Turkey’s incursion into Syria has adverse consequences for Europe’s security. But the problem is much bigger than just Turkey. It is high time the EU reemerged on the Middle East scene and acted strategically.

  • Turkey’s Presidential Regime Rests on Zero Rule of Law
    • Tuesday, August 27, 2019

    Turkey’s Presidential Regime Rests on Zero Rule of Law

    After almost seventeen years in power, Turkey’s president wields absolute power. It’s doubtful he would relinquish it without a fight.

  • A Central Bank as the Symbol of Turkey’s Political Thriller
    • Thursday, July 11, 2019

    A Central Bank as the Symbol of Turkey’s Political Thriller

    As Turkey continues to forge its own economic and political path, the issue is how much more damage the current system of governance will inflict on the country, and how long and costly fixing the destruction will be.

  • Turkey’s Three Moments of Truth
    • Thursday, June 13, 2019

    Turkey’s Three Moments of Truth

    The Turkish leadership has not only turned its back on its proclaimed European ambitions. It has also launched itself into a different political, legal, and ethical orbit.

  • The Centrality of the Rule of Law for the EU
    • Thursday, May 16, 2019

    The Centrality of the Rule of Law for the EU

    European leaders should do more to preserve the rule of law, which is both a domestic and a foreign policy matter—and the cornerstone of the EU’s outlook and goals.

  • Erdoğan’s Four Challenges
    • Thursday, April 04, 2019

    Erdoğan’s Four Challenges

    Turkey’s president suffered a frustrating setback in local government elections as democratic resilience prevailed. Watch out for the impact on the economy, the rule of law, defense, and Syria.

Education

MA, Economic Sciences, University of Aix en Provence 

Languages
  • English
  • French
  • Italian
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