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Srđa Trifković (born July 19, 1954, in Belgrade
Belgrade
Belgrade is the capital and largest city of Serbia. It is located at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, where the Pannonian Plain meets the Balkans. According to official results of Census 2011, the city has a population of 1,639,121. It is one of the 15 largest cities in Europe...

, FPR Yugoslavia) is a Serbian writer on international affairs and foreign affairs editor for the paleoconservative
Paleoconservatism
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 magazine Chronicles
Chronicles (magazine)
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.
He was director of the Center for International Affairs at the Rockford Institute
Rockford Institute
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 until his resignation on December 31, 2008. Trifković was also an unofficial spokesman for the Republika Srpska
Republika Srpska
Republika Srpska is one of two main political entities of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the other being the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina...

 government in the 1990s.

Trifković is the author of Sword of the Prophet, a book on the history and doctrines of Islam. A former consultant to the President of Serbia Vojislav Koštunica
Vojislav Koštunica
Vojislav Koštunica is a Serbian politician, statesman and the president of the Democratic Party of Serbia. He was the last President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, succeeding Slobodan Milošević and serving from 2000 to 2003...

 and adviser to Republika Srpska
Republika Srpska
Republika Srpska is one of two main political entities of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the other being the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina...

 President and subsequently convicted war criminal Biljana Plavšić
Biljana Plavšic
Biljana Plavšić is a former president of Republika Srpska and war criminal. She is the highest ranking Bosnian Serb politician to be sentenced. She was indicted in 2001 by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia for war crimes committed during the Bosnian war...

, he comments on Balkan politics and is a regular columnist for several conservative publications in the United States.

Biography


Trifković earned a BA
Bachelor of Arts
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 (Hon) in international relations from the University of Sussex
University of Sussex
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 in 1977 and another, in political science, from the University of Zagreb
University of Zagreb
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 in 1987. Since 1990 he has held a Ph.D
Doctor of Philosophy
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 in modern history from the University of Southampton
University of Southampton
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, UK
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, and in 1991-1992 he pursued post-doctoral research on a Title VIII grant from the U.S. Department of State as a Visiting Scholar at the Hoover Institution
Hoover Institution
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 in California
California
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.

Beginning in 1980, Trifković has been a radio broadcaster for BBC World Service
BBC World Service
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 and Voice of America
Voice of America
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 and later a correspondent covering southeast Europe
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 for U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report
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and the Washington Times during which time he was an editor for the Belgrade magazine Duga
Duga
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.

In 1994–95 he acted as an "unofficial spokesman" for the Bosnian Serb government
Government of Republika Srpska
The Government of Republika Srpska is the main element of the executive branch of government in Republika Srpska, one of the two entities that make up Bosnia and Herzegovina.-Current cabinet:...

 (while preferring to describe himself as a "Balkan affairs analyst with close links to the Bosnian Serbs").
Trifković has published op-eds and commentaries in The Times
The Times
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of London, the San Francisco Chronicle
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, the American Conservative, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Alternative Right
Alternative Right
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. He has also been a commentator on numerous national and international TV and radio programs, including the Oliver North
Oliver North
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 Show on (MSNBC), CNN
CNN
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, CNN International
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, SKY News, BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service
BBC World Service
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 and CBC
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
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. He has contributed to Liberty, the newspaper of the Serbian National Defense Council of America.

Trifković has been an adjunct professor at the University of St Thomas in Houston, TX (1996–1997), and in August 1997 he joined the faculty of the short-lived Rose Hill College in Aiken, SC.

Trifković has worked as a political consultant to Aleksandar Karađorđević, Crown Prince of Serbia
Alexander, Crown Prince of Yugoslavia
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, and to Former Yugoslav President Vojislav Koštunica
Vojislav Koštunica
Vojislav Koštunica is a Serbian politician, statesman and the president of the Democratic Party of Serbia. He was the last President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, succeeding Slobodan Milošević and serving from 2000 to 2003...

, as an adviser to Biljana Plavšić
Biljana Plavšic
Biljana Plavšić is a former president of Republika Srpska and war criminal. She is the highest ranking Bosnian Serb politician to be sentenced. She was indicted in 2001 by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia for war crimes committed during the Bosnian war...

 and as representative of the Republika Srpska
Republika Srpska
Republika Srpska is one of two main political entities of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the other being the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina...

 in London.

In February 2000 Trifković testified to the Canadian House of Commons on the situation in the Balkans. In July 2000 he took part in a Congressional briefing organized by Rep. Kucinich. In March 2003 he testified as an expert witness
Expert witness
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 for the defense before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia
International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
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. In September 2008 he testified again before the ICTY, this time as a material witness for the defence of Ljubisa Beara in the Popovic et el. trial.

In June 2006 he was one of twenty four people who presented works at a symposium on the Holocaust in Yugoslavia, 1941–1945, co-organized by two Serbian institutions and held at Yad Vashem
Yad Vashem
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 Center in Jerusalem.

Writings on Islam


Trifković is the author of Sword of the Prophet: The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam, a book about the history and tenets of Islam which identifies the rise of Islamic fundamentalism as the greatest danger to "Western" values since the end of the Cold War. According to James Bissett, former Canadian Ambassador to Yugoslavia and a close associate of Trifković, Trifković sees the source of this threat in the absence of separation of church and state under Islam - because Islam is a way of life, Muslims are required to subordinate themselves to the teachings of Allah and live as members of the total Islamic community, calling into question their ability to give their political loyalty to a non-Muslim state. Trifković considers this to be a particularly important issue for the countries of Western Europe, with a population of over 20 million Muslims, and the United States (3 to 5 million).

Trifković's fellow conservative commentator on Islam Robert Shepherd has described himself and Trifković as sharing the fundamental thesis that "Islam is inherently aggressive, racist, violent, and intolerant".

Refusal of admission to Canada


In February of 2011, Canadian authorities refused to allow Srđa Trifković to enter Canada to address a meeting at the University of British Columbia at Vancouver.

Trifković reported in the journal Chronicles that he was refused entry to Canada on 24 February 2011 on the "transparently spurious" grounds that he was "inadmissible on grounds of violating human or international rights for being a proscribed senior official
Prescribed senior official
Prescribed senior official is the term used by the Canadian Border Services Agency to refer to an individual who will be refused admission into Canada by virtue of their past or current service, in or for a government responsible for war crimes or crimes against humanity.-Inadmissibility:Section 35...

 in the service of a government that, in the opinion of the minister, engages or has engaged in terrorism, systematic or gross human rights violations, or genocide, a war crime or a crime against humanity within the meaning of subsections 6 (3) to (5) of the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act."

He believed that his "inadmissibility" was due to contacts with the Bosnian Serb leaders in the early nineties but claimed that the Canadian authorities' grounds for refusing him admission were "transparently spurious" and they had in fact yielded to a Bosniak-inspired campaign against him. The Canadian Institute for the Research of Genocide had complained that Trifković was promoting hatred, antisemitism and islamophobia and accused him of publicly denying what New American termed the "alleged" massacre of Bosniaks at Srebrenica in July 1995, found by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia to be a crime of genocide.

The John Birch Society's New American Magazine attributed the decision to refuse Trifković entry to his criticism of Islam and "jihadists", his argument that American policymakers should treat Islam as a hostile political ideology instead of as a religion, and his call to halt Muslim immigration to the West.

New American cited Trifković's views as an author of books on Islam: "[W]e need an absolute moratorium on the immigration of Muslims into both Western Europe and North America, coupled with the denial of citizenship to all practicing Muslims, the denial of security clearances, and the policy of systematic deportation of all jihadists(sic) activists. ... Islam ought to be regarded as a violent political ideology rather than just a religious cult."

Trifković's controversial views concerning the Jewish intellectual tradition were deplored by Robert Spencer, a fellow critic of Islam who argued that Trifković should not have been denied admission to Canada "for politically incorrect opinions".

Trifković is currently active within the 'Lord Byron Foundation for Balkan Studies' in holding lectures that deny the existence of the Srebrenica genocide.

Books


Trifković has written four books:
  • Ustasa: Croatian separatism and European politics, 1929-1945, London (1998) ISBN 18-92-47800-5
  • The Sword of the Prophet: The politically incorrect guide to Islam: History, Theology, Impact on the World, Boston, Regina Orthodox Press (2002) ISBN 19-28-65311-1
  • Defeating Jihad: How the War on Terrorism May Yet Be Won, In Spite of Ourselves, Regina Orthodox Press (2006).
  • The Krajina Chronicle: A History of Serbs in Croatia, Slavonia and Dalmatia, The Lord Byron Foundation, 2010.


The Sword of the Prophet received praise from conservative critics. It was described as an "exceptionally fluid argument against militant Islam... Powerful stuff powerfully presented" by Ray Olson in Booklist
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.

In 2003 Trifković was accused by Stephen Schwartz of being a supporter of Slobodan Milošević
Slobodan Milošević
Slobodan Milošević was President of Serbia and Yugoslavia. He served as the President of Socialist Republic of Serbia and Republic of Serbia from 1989 until 1997 in three terms and as President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia from 1997 to 2000...

, although he was a signatory to a letter of protest against Milošević in 1996 and has condemned Milošević in numerous publications. Trifković received a formal apology from the publisher of Schwartz's article.

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