Srdja (Serge) Trifkovic

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Author, foreign affairs analyst, professor


PhD in history, University of Southampton (UK).   

BA (Hon) in international relations, University of Sussex (UK).


BA in political science, University of Zagreb (Croatia).

Foreign Affairs Editor of Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture (since 1998). Writes weekly online commentaries and a monthly column for the print edition.

Executive Director, The Lord Byron Foundation for Balkan Studies (since October 1994) Organized over 60 symposia in 22 countries and edited the Foundation’s publications since its founding.

Professor of international relations at the University of Banja Luka, RS, Bosnia-Herzegovina (since 2011) Currently teaching undergraduate courses in geopolitics (the first contextual course of its kind in the region) and comparative politics, as well as a postgraduate course in diplomacy.

Associate Editor and Chief Columnist, Geopolitika ( Serbia's leading world affairs magazine (since 2001). Writes regular monthly columns for the print edition and online commentaries.

Author of the best-selling Sword of the Prophet - Islam: History, Theology, Impact on the World. The companion volume, Defeating Jihad, was published in 2006.

Published in U.S. News & World Report, The Times of London, The American Conservative, The Washington Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Komsomolskaya Pravda (Russia), Nya Tider (Sweden), Cleveland Plain Dealer, The Philadelphia Inquirer,, etc.

TV appearances on RT International, CNN, CBC, BBC, the Ollie North Show (MSNBC), SkyNews, NBC News, Al Jazeera, etc.

Filmography: major appearances in the internationally distributed Islam: What the West Needs to Know (2006 - available on Youtube) and TV documentary International Criminal Court: Injustice for All (2001).

Speaking schedule in recent years has included conferences and other events in Australia, Austria, Bosnia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, India, Ireland, IsraelItaly, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Ukraine, and all over the United States.

Earlier Career:

  • 1996-98: Professor of International Studies at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX.
  • 1993-95: Freelance journalist specializing in the former Yugoslavia
  • 1991-92: Visiting Scholar at the Hoover Institution at Stanford, California.
  • 1988-91: U.S. News & World Report Belgrade correspondent, The Washington Times stringer.
  • 1986-87: broadcaster with the Voice of America in Washington D.C.
  • 1980-86: broadcaster and producer with the BBC World Service in London



Consulting & Supervision

International Observer, The Donetsk People's Republic general election, November 2014

International Observer, referendum on the independence of the Crimea, March 2014

Expert Defense Witness (the Stakic case), The Hague Tribunal (ICTY), 2003

Unofficial Consultant, President Kostunica of Yugoslavia, 2000-2001

Expert Witness, Canada's House of Commons, February 2000

Expert Witness, U.S. House of Representatives, July 2000

Consultant and Chief of Staff, HRH Crown Prince Alexander Karadjordjevic, 1992-1993


Book Publications, Chapter Contributions & Some Refereed Articles  
  • “The Bosnian War.”  Chapter in Joel Krieger (Ed.), The Oxford Companion to International Relations. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press. 2012.
  • "The Green Corridor: Implications of Islamic Geopolitical Designs in the Balkans,” Ch 14 in Sarah N. Stern (Ed.), Saudi Arabia and the Global Islamic Terrorist Network: America and the West's Fatal Embrace. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. ISBN 978-0230112087.
  • Ustaša: Croatian Fascism and European Politics, 1929-1945. Chicago: The Lord Byron Foundation for Balkan Studies, 2011. 412pp. ISBN 978-1892478016. Print.
  • The Krajina Chronicle: A History of Serbs in Croatia, Slavonia and Dalmatia. Chicago: The Lord Byron Foundation for Balkan Studies, 2010. 247pp. ISBN 978-1892478108. Print. 
  •  Kosovo: the Score, 1999-2009. Editor and chapter contributor. Washington D.C.: American Council for Kosovo, 2009. 181 pp. ISBN 978-1892478054. Print. 
  •  Peace in the Promised Land: a Realist Scenario. Editor and chapter contributor. Rockford, IL: Chronicles, 2006. ISBN 978-0972061636. Print. 
  •  Defeating Jihad: How the War on Terrorism Can Be Won, in Spite of Ourselves. Boston, MA: Regina, 2006. 480 pp. ISBN 978-1928653264. Print. 
  •  The Sword of the Prophet: Islam, History, Theology, Impact on the World. Boston, MA: Regina, 2002. 312 pp. ISBN 978-1928653110. Print. 
  •  "The Bosnian War" Chapter in: The Oxford Companion to Politics of the World. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2001. ISBN 978-0195117394. Print.
  • "It Is Not Just the Balkans." Afterword. Kosovo under NATO. London and Ottawa: The Lord Byron Foundation for Balkan Studies, 2000. ISBN 10: 1892478048. Print.
  • "From Versailles to Kosovo." Introduction. The Kosovo Dossier: a Collection of Essays. London: The Lord Byron Foundation for Balkan Studies, 1999. ISBN 978-1892478030. Print. 
  •  "Serbian Politics and U.S. Balkan Policy." Chapter. America's Intervention in the Balkans: a Collection of Essays. London: The Lord Byron Foundation for Balkan Studies, 1998. ISBN 978-1882383078. Print. 
  •  "Prince Paul Karadjordjevic." Chapter in Peter Radan (ed.) The Serbs and Their Leaders in the Twentieth Century. Aldershot, Singapore and Sydney: Ashgate, 1997. pp. 158-202. ISBN 978-1855218918. Print.
  • "German-Italian Rivalry in Croatia, 1942-1943." The Historical Journal 36 (1993): 879-904. Print.
  • "Yugoslavia in Crisis: Europe and the Croatian Question 1939-41." European History Quarterly, London and New Delhi 1993. Print. 
  •  "Illiberal Political Culture Versus Market Economy." Serbian Studies, Chicago: University of Illinois, Vol. VI, No. 4 1992: 5-20. Print. 
  •  “The Yugoslav Crisis and the United States.” Hoover Institution Working Papers. No. I-91-17, November 1991.Print 
  •  Croatia’s Final Solution and the Axis. Sydney, Australia: Macquarie University, 1991. Published lecture. Print. 
  •  “Yugoslavia: The Dilemma of Reform Amidst Political Turmoil.” Transition: The Newsletter about Reforming Economies. Washington DC: The World Bank, Vol. 1, No. 8, November 1990, pp. 2-3. Print.

Select Lectures and Presentations (since 2005)
  • Avoiding Repetition of Russia's Old Mistakes. Fifth international conference The Zinoviev Readings, Moscow, October 27, 2014.
  • Multipolarized World: Challenges Facing Russia. Institute for Public Planning, Russian Debates series, Moscow, September 25, 2014.
  • Russia's Strategy in the Great War. Moscow State University, Institute of History, Moscow, April 14, 2014.
  • The Geopolitics of the New Multipolarity, IDC, Paris, May 27, 2014.
  • Italy's Maritime Republics. The Rockford Institute Winter School, Pisa (Italy), January 16, 2014.
  • Comprehending the Absurd: The U.S. Balkan Policy. The Gorchakov Fund conference: "European Security - the Balkan Angle," Belgrade, June 27, 2012.
  • Greek, Arab, and Norman Sicily. The Rockford Institute Winter School, Syracuse, Italy, January 14, 2012.
  • The Twilight of the Empire. The Rockford Institute lecture, St. Sava's, New York, November 13, 2011.
  • The European Union and the Advent of Political Post-Christianity. The 22nd Annual Meeting of The John Randolph Club, Fort Worth, TX, October 22, 2011.
  • The EU Policy in Kosovo. The Geopolitika magazine symposium, Belgrade, Serbia, October 14, 2011.
  • Russia and Germany: Beyond the Strategic Partnership. A Neo-Bismarckian Paradigm. The E.U.-Russia Centre International Conference, Munich, Germany, September 15, 2011.
  • NATO after Libya. International conference Central Europe, the EU and the new Russia at the Czech Parliament in Prague, August 29, 2011.
  • Surviving the Crisis. The Media Center Roundtable, Belgrade, Serbia, May 24, 2011.
  • Balkan Myths vs. Balkan Realities. ANZAC Memorial Lecture, Ingleside Social Club, NSW, Australia, May 2, 2010.
  • The Future of the Balkans. The New South Wales ANZAC lecture, Sydney-Bonnyrigg Club, NSW, April 23, 2010.
  • Islam and the West. 27th Doctors for Disaster Preparedness convention, Denver, CO, August 2, 2009.
  • The Balkans: Rhetoric vs. Strategy. The Faculty Club, University of California-Berkeley, June 6, 2009.
  • The Dayton Agreement, 14 Years Later. Capitol Hill Club, Washington D.C. May 27, 2009.
  • Averting a New Balkan Crisis. The Royal Canadian Military Institute, Toronto, May 22, 2009.
  • Europe’s Powder Keg, Again? University of Toronto Alumni Hall, May 22, 2009.
  • Resolving Kosovo. Società Italiana per l’Organizzazione Internazionale, Rome, February 27, 2008.
  • Kosovo’s Relevance to Kashmir. The United Service Institution of India, New Delhi, February 13, 2008.
  • A Disputed UDI. Westminster Hall, London, January 17, 2008.
  •  Regional Implications of Kosovo’s UDI. The Stefanik Institute, Bratislava, Slovakia, January 13, 2008.
  • Is Kosovo’s Independence Inevitable? Conference organized by the Centro Culturale Lepanto at the Chamber of Deputies of the Italian Parliament, Rome, January 10, 2008.
  • Implications of the U.S. Policy in the Balkans. Capitol Hill Club, Washington D.C. October 23, 2007.
  • Ex-Yugoslavia’s Implications for Israel’s Security. The Begin-Sadat (BESA) Center for Strategic Studies, Bar Ilan University, September 11, 2007.
  • The Holy Land’s Balkan Parallels. The Rothberg International School roundtable, Hebrew University at Mt. Scopus, May 3, 2007.
  • Israel and Serbia: Under a Common Threat. The Harry Truman Institute at The Hebrew University – Jerusalem, April 30, 2007.
  • The Holocaust in Croatia, 1941-1945. Keynote address: Yad Vashem Center, Jerusalem, June 15, 2006.
  • The Balkans and the Terrorist Threat. The Senate House, University of London, January 28, 2005.