Marc Pierini
Senior Fellow, Carnegie Europe


Marc Pierini is a senior fellow 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.

MA, Economic Sciences, University of Aix en Provence 
English, French, Italian

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European Elections Are Casting Shadows Over the NATO Summit

EU, French, and British votes will impact NATO’s agendas and policies—but only over time.

· July 2, 2024
In The Media
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Has Turkey's Standing on the International Scene Diminished?

Turkey’s international ambitions have been thwarted by multiple crises, contradictory policies, and rule-of-law deficiencies.

· May 29, 2024
The Greek Current
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Turkey’s Dwindling International Role

Multiple crises have taken the international spotlight off Turkey. This, combined with Ankara’s contradictory foreign policy ambitions and rule-of-law deficiencies, limits the country’s global clout.

· May 23, 2024
In The Media
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Expectations for ‘Success’ in Greek-Turkish Relations ‘High’

The meeting between Mitsotakis and Erdoğan gives hope that the Greek-Turkish reconciliation process remains unaffected by US-Turkey tensions.

· May 15, 2024
In The Media
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Russia Could Push Turkey Into Lasting Political and Military Antagonism With the Rest of NATO

Moscow is pushing Ankara toward lasting antagonism with the rest of NATO by putting pressure on their economic and political ties. But the trend is not irreversible, and Turkey has proved it can adjust its policies to appease the West.

· April 22, 2024
Le Monde
How the EU and NATO Should View Turkey’s Surprising Election Results

Erdogan and his aides have wasted no time offering three reminders of the president’s power.

· April 1, 2024
Why the West Should Watch Turkey’s Local Elections

The outcome of Turkey’s vote will impact the country’s economy, governance, and international posture. A large victory of the ruling party would reinforce Erdogan’s personal power and strengthen his ties to Putin.

· March 26, 2024
Will 2024 Be Turkey’s Turning Point?

Marc Pierini and Sinan Ülgen analyze the lead-up to the Turkish municipal elections in March 2024, the sustainability of Ankara’s balancing act between Russia and the West, and the future of Turkey’s relations with Brussels and Washington.

· February 14, 2024
Adapting to a Multipolar World

In the more complicated global order emerging today, the Middle East and Europe have to think in strategic terms.

· January 23, 2024
The Gaza War and the Rest of the World

Scholars from Carnegie’s global network comment on how the ongoing conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is affecting their areas of interest, and what the implications of this may be.