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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  • A New Operation  in Syria?
    • June 06, 2022

    A New Operation in Syria?

    Turkey has unfinished business when it comes to fighting Kurdish forces south of its border.

  • Moscow’s Southern Accent?
    • March 15, 2022

    Moscow’s Southern Accent?

    The Ukraine war will reshape Russia’s influence in the Middle East, the Mediterranean, and Africa.

  • Calculations in Kabul
    • September 13, 2021

    Calculations in Kabul

    Turkey’s success in finding a role in Afghanistan could bring its leadership valuable benefits.

  • Empowering Erdoğan?
    • October 12, 2020

    Empowering Erdoğan?

    The European Union’s soft line with Turkey at a recent meeting may ultimately represent a strategic risk.

  • Turkey’s Looming Gordian Knot
    • May 06, 2020

    Turkey’s Looming Gordian Knot

    Ankara is pushing problematic policies as its president’s political survival is hitting up against economic imperatives.

  • Untying the Idlib Knot
    • February 25, 2020

    Untying the Idlib Knot

    A summit in Istanbul on March 5 has a slim chance of resolving Turkish and Russian contradictions over the Syrian region.

  • Erdoğan’s High Risk Wager
    • October 15, 2019

    Erdoğan’s High Risk Wager

    The European Union has several priorities in taking a position on Turkey’s intervention in Syria.

  • A Hot Spot Is Getting Hotter
    • June 10, 2019

    A Hot Spot Is Getting Hotter

    Turkish, U.S., and European maneuvers continue around northern Syria, where the fighting has escalated.

  • Turkxit Time?
    • March 29, 2019

    Turkxit Time?

    The deployment of Russian S-400 missiles in Turkey would have momentous consequences for Ankara’s relations with NATO.

  • The Politics of Pandemonium
    • January 16, 2019

    The Politics of Pandemonium

    Donald Trump’s foreign policy moves in Syria have alienated friends and bolstered enemies.


MA, Economic Sciences, University of Aix en Provence 

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