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Dr. Srdja Trifkovic, Foreign Affairs Editor of Chronicles, is the author of The Sword of the Prophet and Defeating Jihad. He currently teaches international relations at the University of Banja Luka in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

  • AVOIDING THE IRANIAN QUAGMIRE

    By Srdja Trifkovic | October 16, 2017
    On October 13, President Trump declared that the only way to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons was to abrogate the multilateral treaty which has been provenly effective in preventing Iran from developing such weapons. This is potentially the most serious mistake of his foreign policymaking thus far.
  • A Tale of Two Referendums

    By Srdja Trifkovic | October 02, 2017
    Over the past nine days two important referendums on independence were held, in Iraqi Kurdistan (September 25) and in Catalonia (October 1). Both were met with overwhelming disapproval of the outside world.
  • Merkel’s Mutilated Victory

    By Srdja Trifkovic | September 25, 2017
    German general elections are usually rather boring affairs, with polite debates, disagreements over minor issues and predictable outcomes. The one last Sunday was an exception.
  • Kim’s Challenge

    By Srdja Trifkovic | September 18, 2017
    As President Trump makes his UN General Assembly debut this week—the body he has rightly called weak, incompetent, bad for democracy, and no friend of the United States—North Korea still dominates the headlines.
  • The Unmaking of a President

    By Srdja Trifkovic | August 30, 2017
    The aftermath of the Cold War has seen the emergence of what neocon gurus Robert Kagan and William Kristol have called “benevolent global hegemony” of the United States.
  • Trump on Afghanistan: More of the Same

    By Srdja Trifkovic | August 22, 2017
    President Donald Trump’s address to the nation on Afghanistan was carefully crafted and well delivered. It did not provide a blueprint for winning the war, however, which remains his stated objective.
  • Netanyahu’s Woes

    By Srdja Trifkovic | August 14, 2017
    Benjamin Netanyahu, now in his fourth term, may become the longest-serving Israeli Prime Minister—provided he survives in his post into 2018. On August 3, Israeli police officially confirmed that Netanyahu is suspected of a series of crimes, including fraud, breach of trust and accepting bribes.
  • ISIS: Trump’s Unheralded Success

    By Srdja Trifkovic | August 09, 2017
    Considering the unprecedented obstacles President Trump is facing from various quarters in his attempts to devise a coherent foreign policy strategy, the apparent success of his anti-ISIS approach thus far is both surprising and encouraging.
  • U.S.-Russia: A Glimmer of Hope

    By Srdja Trifkovic | July 10, 2017
    Considering the toxic Russophobic atmosphere nurtured by the Beltway establishment, the first meeting between presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin last Friday went reasonably well.
  • U.S. Syria Policy: Incoherent, Reckless

    By Srdja Trifkovic | June 28, 2017
    The United States is in danger of descending into the Syrian quagmire. There are clear signs of mission creep devoid of logic or strategic rationale. It is not too late yet to step away from the brink.
  • Theresa May’s Miscalculation

    By Srdja Trifkovic | June 12, 2017
    British political scene is in a state of chronic crisis. The Kingdom is more divided than ever, by political, social and cultural preferences no less than by class and income.
  • Donald Trump, Europe’s Best Friend

    By Srdja Trifkovic | June 01, 2017
    According to the media machine and pundits on both sides of the Atlantic, President Trump’s recent attendance at two summits—in Brussels (NATO) and Sicily (G7)—went very badly.
  • Moscow Notebook

    By Srdja Trifkovic | May 22, 2017
    Here I am in Russia, for the third time in two months. This means the FBI should start an investigation, if it has not done so already. This time I was invited to a conference at the Russian State University for the Humanities on Thursday.
  • Macron's Victory: A Dark Day for Europe

    By Srdja Trifkovic | May 10, 2017
    Emmanuel Macron’s predictable victory in the second round of the French presidential election on May 7 is bad news for France and detrimental to the prospects of Europe’s cultural and demographic survival.
  • North Korea’s Overrated Threat

    By Srdja Trifkovic | May 03, 2017
    “Use of force” means going to war against North Korea. This is a reckless and irresponsible proposition. That Pyongyang embodies a bizarre mix of Stalinism and Oriental despotism is beyond dispute.
  • Christian Martyrdom

    By Srdja Trifkovic | April 25, 2017
    Persecution and martyrdom are inseparable from Eastern Christian experience—first under the Muslim conquerors, starting in the middle ages and continuing in many parts of the world to this day, and then, in the twentieth century, under Communism.
  • Trump’s Comprehensive Volte-Face

    By Srdja Trifkovic | April 13, 2017
    Right now the most dangerous potential flashpoint is Syria. If Trump imposes a no-fly zone in any part of that country, or proclaims “safe zones” on the ground . . . the outcome would neither save lives nor hasten the end of the conflict.
  • Letter from Russia (II): Gloomy Economic Picture

    By Srdja Trifkovic | April 03, 2017
    This year’s Moscow Economic Forum (MEF) opened on Thursday at the Lomonosov State University under the slogan A New Strategy for Russia. The panelists were brutally blunt in their diagnosis of the causes of Russia’s economic woes, and especially critical of the country’s Central Bank for continuing to follow a neoliberal strategy.
  • Letter from Russia (I): Missed opportunities

    By Srdja Trifkovic | March 21, 2017
    The sense that the United States has badly mismanaged its relations with Russia since the end of the Cold War now pervades all significant shades of Russian opinion.
  • Trump’s Naval Buildup

    By Srdja Trifkovic | March 06, 2017
    As a great trading and military power separated from the Eurasian land mass by two oceans, America needs a navy capable of “facing any threat” but not a navy tasked with enforcing an open-ended geopolitical status quo in every corner of the globe.
  • The “Adults” Resume Control

    By Srdja Trifkovic | February 22, 2017
    The real question is whether Trump can resist the straitjacket which the Russophobic, NATO-for-ever “foreign policy community” has been hewing for him ever since last November 8.
  • A Rapid Untergang?

    By Srdja Trifkovic | February 14, 2017
    The Western world in general, and Europe in particular, are threatened not only by a numerically small, overtly jihadist cadre of “radicalized” individuals engaging in terrorism.
  • The Real “Muslim Ban”

    By Srdja Trifkovic | February 01, 2017
    After five days of MSM hysteria, President Trump remains justifiably unruffled by the establishment organs’ opprobrium. His January 27 executive order on immigration and refugees is reasonable and legal, and it enjoys strong popular support.
  • Trump’s Realist Vision

    By Srdja Trifkovic | January 23, 2017
    Donald Trump is the first president since Richard Nixon to return the raison d’état to its rightful place as the guiding principle of foreign policymaking. He has made a clean break with the current establishment’s imperial pretensions and moral absolutism, which is a welcome development.
  • A True Brexit, After All

    By Srdja Trifkovic | January 19, 2017
    It’s been almost seven months since Britons voted to leave the European Union. By now I am reluctantly convinced that a genuine, hard Brexit—as opposed to some “associate-EU-membership” fudge—will actually happen.
  • Trump’s China Problem

    By Srdja Trifkovic | January 17, 2017
    In the course of this year President Donald Trump will improve America’s relations with Russia. He will also start purging the irredeemably politicized U.S. intelligence apparatus.
  • A New Global Strategy

    By Srdja Trifkovic | January 03, 2017
    Donald Trump and his team have a historic opportunity to make a fresh start. The moment is somewhat comparable to the advent of Ronald Reagan’s first administration in January 1981.
  • Angela Delenda Est

    By Srdja Trifkovic | December 21, 2016
    If the carnage in Berlin helps break the spell of fear among ordinary Germans, if it opens their eyes to the existential danger they face, and if it contributes to Angela Merkel’s long-overdue departure from the political scene, the victims will not have died in vain.
  • Europe’s Submission

    By Srdja Trifkovic | December 13, 2016
    The writing on Europe’s wall was clear a decade ago, when the late Oriana Fallaci—for decades Italy’s best-known journalist—was indicted in the Italian city of Bergamo for “hate crimes” and “defaming Islam.”
  • Erdogan’s Syrian U-Turn

    By Srdja Trifkovic | December 05, 2016
    On November 29 Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan raised many eyebrows when he declared that Turkey’s military involvement in Syria, which started in the last week of August, had the objective “to end the rule of the tyrant al-Assad who terrorizes with state terror.”
  • Fidel Castro: Into the Dustbin

    By Srdja Trifkovic | November 27, 2016
    Like all other communist tyrants, Castro did not use terror to carry out his revolution; he used the revolution as a means of introducing the reign of terror. He also tried to export it.
  • No Trojan Horses Inside the Tower

    By Srdja Trifkovic | November 18, 2016
    Contrary to the MSM pack’s pitch of the week, there is no “disarray” inside Donald Trump’s transition team, no “Stalinesque” purges, and most certainly no successful insinuation of “adults” into the list of early major appointees. They are all excellent.
  • Disasters Averted

    By Srdja Trifkovic | November 09, 2016
    Last night’s divine surprise is important more for the many bad things that will not happen than for the good ones that may happen.
  • Lest Anyone Get Too Excited . . .

    By Srdja Trifkovic | October 28, 2016
    The FBI bombshell is not necessarily a gamechanging event. The Clinton campaign, and its mainstream media extension, have weathered with surprising ease the fainting episode on September 11.
  • The Mosul Offensive’s Many Unknowns

    By Srdja Trifkovic | October 21, 2016
    The much-heralded offensive against ISIS in Mosul by the Iraqi army, Kurdish Peshmerga and Shiite militias may succeed in capturing Iraq’s second largest city.
  • The Unlearned Lessons of Iraq, Libya

    By Srdja Trifkovic | October 09, 2016
    The true U.S. enemy in Syria is neither Bashar nor Russia; it is the army of Islamic Jihad, under whatever name and in whichever disguise.
  • The First Debate: Advantage, Clinton

    By Srdja Trifkovic | September 27, 2016
    In the first 2016 presidential debate, Donald Trump did not control the narrative and, especially toward the end, appeared irritated and rattled.
  • Strategic Lessons of Clinton’s Health Crisis

    By Srdja Trifkovic | September 16, 2016
    Hillary Clinton is a messianic imperialist ready to take risks disproportionate to rewards, but unable and unwilling to take responsibility for the consequences, or to admit any serious wrongdoing.
  • The NBC Commander-in-Chief Forum: Advantage Trump

    By Srdja Trifkovic | September 09, 2016
    On Wednesday night Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump spoke at the same prime-time television event for the first time. The “forum” was not a debate; the candidates appeared back-to-back, answering Matt Lauer’s questions about their qualities and qualifications to be commander-in-chief.
  • Hillary’s World

    By Srdja Trifkovic | September 02, 2016
    Hillary Clinton’s global vision reflects the fundamentally flawed post-Cold War consensus, to which both ends of the Beltway Duopoly—neoconservatives and neoliberals—subscribe with equal zeal.
  • The Battle for Aleppo

    By Srdja Trifkovic | August 22, 2016
    A month ago the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) took control of the Castillo Highway in northern Aleppo, the rebels’ last supply route into their eastern redoubt. By July 27 it looked like the complete reconquest of Syria’s largest city by government forces was only a matter of time.
  • Europe’s Dark Hour

    By Srdja Trifkovic | August 09, 2016
    It is not Europe’s darkest hour yet—not quite on par with the peak of the Black Death 1346-53, or the impasse of the Western Front 1915-18, but on current form it is approaching fast.
  • Strategic Consequences of Erdogan’s Countercoup

    By Srdja Trifkovic | July 29, 2016
    Two weeks after the failed coup and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s subsequent mass purge, three facts seem clear. Turkey has ceased to be a democracy in any conventional sense.
  • Erdogan’s Enabling Act

    By Srdja Trifkovic | July 20, 2016
    Last Saturday, during lunch with Scott Richert and Aaron Wolf at Rockford’s Prairie Street Brewhouse, I expressed suspicion that the coup in Turkey—just over 24 hours old at that time, and in the final stages of collapse—was Erdogan’s Reichstag fire.
  • Anti-Brexit Conspiracy

    By Srdja Trifkovic | July 05, 2016
    The outcome of the United Kingdom’s EU referendum on June 23 stunned the London-based elite class. It laid bare the deep chasm between Britain’s political and media machine and the alienated, angry and disillusioned majority of “left-behind” citizens.
  • Jihad’s Beltway Allies

    By Srdja Trifkovic | June 28, 2016
    In the final weeks of spring the Islamic State finally seemed to be in serious trouble. Its capital of Raqqa came under simultaneous pressure from forces supported by the Syrian government advancing from Palmyra in the southwest, and from the U.S.-supported (mainly Kurdish) Syrian Democratic Forces to the north.
  • Obama and Islam: The Score

    By Srdja Trifkovic | June 15, 2016
    President Barack Obama’s tirade on June 14 was filled with angry passion. His rhetoric was not directed against the perpetrator of the Orlando attack and his ilk, however, but against the (unnamed) GOP nominee and others who do not subscribe to Obama’s fundamental views on the nature of Islam and his “strategy” of confronting the threat.
  • India, America’s Necessary Partner

    By Srdja Trifkovic | June 08, 2016
    Narendra Modi is a foreign-policy realist who looks upon Obama’s climate-change obsession with quiet bemusement, while pretending to share his concern in order to obtain concessions on other issues.
  • Global Trumpophobia

    By Srdja Trifkovic | May 27, 2016
    At a press conference at the G-7 summit in Japan on May 26, President Barack Obama declared that world leaders are “rattled” by Donald Trump, “and for good reason.
  • Davutoglu’s Demise

    By Srdja Trifkovic | May 16, 2016
    Loyalty is no longer enough: Erdogan now demands unquestioning obedience from his team, and Davutoglu’s willingness to provide it has become uncertain.
  • America First Controversy

    By Srdja Trifkovic | May 02, 2016
    Donald Trump’s foreign policy speech last Wednesday deserves at least a solid B+. . . . It offered an eloquent argument for offensive realism, based on the fact that the international system—composed of sovereign nation-states pursuing their interests—is still essentially competitive and Hobbesian.
  • Obama’s Svengali

    By Srdja Trifkovic | April 11, 2016
    In an interview with FOX News aired on Sunday, April 10, President Barack Obama said that failing to prepare for the aftermath of the ousting of Libyan leader Col. Muammar Qaddafi was the worst mistake of his presidency.
  • China’s Win-Win Regional Strategy

    By Srdja Trifkovic | April 01, 2016
    China’s longstanding priorities of “no war, no instability and no nukes” on the Korean Peninsula—in that order of priority—have produced ambiguous policies over the past decade.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Postmodernized

    By Srdja Trifkovic | March 18, 2016
    Until about three decades ago the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day was not just another tackily “festive” occasion marked by shamrock face paintings and Guinness-soaked pub crawls.
  • Angela Merkel: A Suicidal Bully

    By Srdja Trifkovic | March 03, 2016
    Not for the first time the government of Germany is acting as if it owned Europe. On two occasions in the 20th century it sought to occupy most of Europe; this time, with almost equal arrogance, it is trying to bully the rest of Europe into not resisting the ongoing Muslim occupation.
  • In Praise of Christian Walls

    By Srdja Trifkovic | February 22, 2016
    Had it not been for the walls, strongly built and staunchly defended, Christendom would not have survived the onslaught of Islam in its thousand-year-long period of military expansion.
  • Syria: Increasing Danger of Escalation

    By Srdja Trifkovic | February 17, 2016
    In the days and weeks ahead President Obama will face an important decision: whether to allow the conflict in Syria to escalate by approving Turkey’s and Saudi Arabia’s direct intervention, or to come to terms with the continued survival and expanding area of control of the government of Bashar al-Assad.
  • Obama’s Mosque Visit: Wrong Message, Wrong Venue

    By Srdja Trifkovic | February 04, 2016
    President Barack Obama’s Wednesday speech at the Islamic Society mosque in Baltimore, a venue tainted by a long history of preacing radicalism, summarizes his thinking about Islam and national security. That address has troubling implications and deserves detailed scrutiny.
  • Letter from Spain: Post-Election Imbroglio

    By Srdja Trifkovic | January 26, 2016
    This year my winter retreat in Gran Canaria coincides with an unprecedented political crisis in Spain which may herald some trouble for the Brussels-based superstate. More than a month has passed since the inconclusive general election on December 20.
  • Horror in Europe

    By Srdja Trifkovic | January 11, 2016
    On New Year’s Eve, 121 German women were subjected to sexual attacks, robbery, and violence by “concentric rings” of a thousand Middle Eastern and African migrants in and around the central railway station in Cologne. The night of terror was followed by four days of media silence.
  • Obama’s Hypocrisy on the Plight of Middle Eastern Christians

    By Srdja Trifkovic | December 30, 2015
    Obama singles out the Islamic State (IS, or “ISIL” as he still insists on calling it) as the culprit. He is thus creating the impression that anti-Christian “brutal atrocities” had been absent before the IS made its appearance on the Middle Eastern scene, or that such atrocities are limited to the IS-controlled areas today. This is demonstrably untrue.
  • Letter from Bosnia: The Dayton Agreement at Twenty

    By Srdja Trifkovic | December 21, 2015
    Two decades ago the Dayton Agreement was reached as a kind of compromise which is both logical and necessary in a multiethnic, multi-confessional polity.
  • Defeating Domestic Jihad: A Program of Action

    By Srdja Trifkovic | December 04, 2015
    With mathematically predictable precision, President Barack Hussein Obama declared that last Wednesday’s slaughter of 17 American attendees of a Christmas party by two Muslims in a community center in California, and the wounding of two-dozen others, was a mystery—and that the U.S. needed stricter gun laws.
  • The SU-24 Non-Mystery

    By Srdja Trifkovic | November 30, 2015
    There is no single explanation for Turkey’s decision to shoot down a Russian SU-24 bomber over Syria on November 24. That it was shot over Syria (and did not merely fall inside Syria) is by now a matter of record, confirmed almost immediately by U.S. military sources.
  • Immigrant Invasion: Der Untergang des Abendlandes

    By Srdja Trifkovic | November 13, 2015
    Over 8,000 migrants entered Serbia on November 11 on their way from the Middle East to Western Europe. The item went unreported by the major media because it was not newsworthy.
  • Erdogan’s Successful Gamble

    By Srdja Trifkovic | November 03, 2015
    Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took a gamble after his Justice and Development Party lost its parliamentary majority last June: he would call another election, rather than let Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu look for a coalition partner in good faith.
  • Netanyahu, the Mufti and Hitler

    By Srdja Trifkovic | October 22, 2015
    Last Tuesday Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu caused a stir when he told the World Zionist Congress that the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, inspired Hitler to proceed with the mass murder of European Jews during the Second World War.
  • The MH17 Report: Caveat Emptor

    By Srdja Trifkovic | October 15, 2015
    Reports by various commissions of inquiry into politically significant tragic events tend to be distorted by politics. The Dutch-led inquiry report into last year’s downing of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine, released on October 13, is no exception...
  • Syria: No End Game in Sight

    By Srdja Trifkovic | October 08, 2015
    The Russian military intervention in Syria, and the creation of a new regional alliance which includes Iran and Iraq, removes one undesirable outcome from the complex equation.
  • Letter from Greece: A Meaningless Election

    By Srdja Trifkovic | September 23, 2015
    Last Sunday's election was a disappointing experience: no buzz, no excitement. Having witnessed general elections in a dozen countries over three decades, I was struck by the public’s palpable indifference to the event.
  • Henry Kissinger’s Imperfect Vision

    By Srdja Trifkovic | September 10, 2015
    In his own estimation Kissinger remains an unapologetic realist in his approach to world affairs: “you have to start with an assessment of the elements that are relevant to the situation.”
  • Hitler's Legacy

    By Srdja Trifkovic | September 02, 2015
    What George Friedman failed to note in his article, “Pondering Hitler’s Legacy,” is that, by helping turn the United States into a superpower permanently engaged in open-ended, literally global quest for power and influence, Hitler also undermined the character of America herself.
  • Samantha Power’s Ignorance of Islam

    By Srdja Trifkovic | August 31, 2015
    On August 24 the United States Mission to the United Nations published remarks by Samantha Power, the UN Ambassador, devoted to the mistreatment of homosexuals by the Islamic State.
  • Alien Invasion of Europe: Now a Deluge

    By Srdja Trifkovic | August 24, 2015
    The post-Christian liberal West, which has lost its sense of purpose and history, is unable to protect itself from those who want to conquer it. It is in need of salvation which Christian charity alone is powerless to effect.
  • The Kayla Mueller Case: Rape is Endemic to Islam

    By Srdja Trifkovic | August 17, 2015
    The Western media have been quick to claim that Kayla Mueller’s ordeal was due to a particularly perverted, un-Islamic ideology of al-Baghdadi and his group, but looking at the teachings of Islam shows us differently.
  • Seven Decades of the Bomb

    By Srdja Trifkovic | August 10, 2015
    Seventy years ago first Hiroshima, then Nagasaki, were obliterated. Three generations later the grand-strategic consequences of those events can be discerned with reasonable clarity.
  • The “Tolerant” Islam of the Crimean Tatars

    By Srdja Trifkovic | July 27, 2015
    The Crimean peninsula had always been not on the outskirts of the Muslim world, but rather one of its cultural and education centers.
  • U.S. “Interest” in Kyrgyzstan

    By Srdja Trifkovic | July 20, 2015
    In his latest RT live interview, Srdja Trifkovic discusses the U.S. State Department’s decision to give its Human Rights Defenders Award to a Kyrgyz national, Azimzhan Askarov, who, as an ethnic Uzbek activist, in 2010 played an active role in Kyrgyz-Uzbek ethnic riots that shook the country.
  • Srebrenica, Twenty Years Later

    By Srdja Trifkovic | July 15, 2015
    It is noteworthy that “Srebrenica” in the mainstream media discourse is no longer a geographic location that needs to be preceded by a noun (“the massacre in…”).
  • Greece’s Abject Capitulation

    By Srdja Trifkovic | July 13, 2015
    As I have repeatedly predicted that it would do, the government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has caved in to EU creditors.
  • Greece’s Oxi! What Next?

    By Srdja Trifkovic | July 07, 2015
    Some traction is needed very soon, because on July 20 Greece needs to pay 3.5 billion euros on a bond held by the European Central Bank.
  • The Facts Behind the Greek Melodrama

    By Srdja Trifkovic | July 01, 2015
    Greece is now technically in default, having failed to pay its $1.8 bn monthly installment to the IMF which was due June 30. Contrary to the mainstream media treatment of the story, there will be no ripple effect and no major financial crisis.
  • Canada Entry Ban: I Have Finally Won

    By Srdja Trifkovic | June 18, 2015
    It’s taken over four years, tens of thousands of dollars, and a dozen trans-Atlantic trips… but my Kafkaesque ordeal north of the border is finally over.
  • Erdogan’s Welcome Miscalculation (II)

    By Srdja Trifkovic | June 12, 2015
    There was only an en passant reference to Syria at the end of my analysis of Erdogan’s defeat three days ago. This subject deserves closer scrutiny.
  • Erdogan’s Welcome Miscalculation

    By Srdja Trifkovic | June 10, 2015
    In a stunning blow to Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has lost its parliamentary majority for the first time in over 13 years.
  • China’s Challenge (II)

    By Srdja Trifkovic | June 02, 2015
    Russia and China have upgraded their strategic partnership over the past year and a half, but they are very far from forging a strategic alliance deliberately aimed at countering Washington’s global-hegemonistic designs.
  • China’s Island-Building Challenge

    By Srdja Trifkovic | June 01, 2015
    The South China Sea (SCS) is fast becoming one of the key geopolitical battlegrounds of our time. China’s systematic, rapid and large-scale island-building campaign has suddenly altered the strategic equation in “Asia’s Mediterranean.”
  • The Rise and Rise of ISIS

    By Srdja Trifkovic | May 18, 2015
    The Islamic State (IS, aka ISIS/ISIL) advances on a major Iraqi city, and Baghdad’s forces – while outnumbering and outgunning the attackers – flee in utter disarray. Last June it was Mosul. Exactly eleven months later, last Sunday, it was Ramadi.
  • Untergang Redux, Seven Decades Later

    By Srdja Trifkovic | May 08, 2015
    The war in Europe ended 70 years ago today. It was the most destructive conflict in human history, but it was not the most important.
  • Rethinking the Saudi Connection (III)

    By Srdja Trifkovic | April 29, 2015
    The desert kingdom fundamentally depends on continued theocratic oppression at home – kept manageable by carefully crafted redistributive schemes – and on U.S. support abroad.
  • Rethinking the Saudi Connection (II)

    By Srdja Trifkovic | April 24, 2015
    The Saudi military intervention in Yemen was launched, according to Riyadh, to “restore the legitimate government” and protect the “Yemeni constitution and elections.”
  • Rethinking the Saudi Connection (I)

    By Srdja Trifkovic | April 21, 2015
    Saudi Arabia has been dominating the Middle Eastern news recently. Its bombing of the Shia Houthis in Yemen, supported by Washington, and its ambivalent stand on ISIS, concealed in Washington, should raise questions about the nature and long-term ambitions of the desert kingdom.
  • The Coming Decade of Hillary

    By Srdja Trifkovic | April 14, 2015
    It is idle to pretend: Hillary R. Clinton will be the next president. A nation capable of electing, and then re-electing, Barack Hussein Obama is perfectly ready to make the most influential woman in the world the most powerful person on this planet.
  • The Ghosts of Sigmaringen

    By Srdja Trifkovic | April 08, 2015
    On a recent trip to Germany I took a day off to visit Sigmaringen, on the upper Danube some 20 miles north of Lake Constance. This town of ten thousand with a massive castle towering over it – or, more precisely, this castle with a town attached – interested me as the site of a little known, eight-month long melodrama at the end of Second World War.
  • Neoconservatism - Where Trotsky Meets Stalin and Hitler

    By Srdja Trifkovic | April 02, 2015
    The neoconservatives are often depicted as former Trotskyites who have morphed into a new, closely related life form. It is pointed out that many early neocons belonged to the anti-Stalinist far left in the late 1930s and early 1940s, and that their successors came to neoconservatism through the Socialist Party at a time when it was Trotskyite in outlook and politics.
  • Mission Creep in the Middle East

    By Srdja Trifkovic | March 27, 2015
    American aircraft went into action against Islamic State positions in Tikrit on March 25 in direct support of a stalled Iraqi offensive. The following day General Lloyd Austin, top commander in the Middle East, told Congress that he would like his forces to protect the Syrian “moderate” rebels who are currently trained and armed by the U.S.
  • There Goes Tunisia…

    By Srdja Trifkovic | March 19, 2015
    Following the horrendous terrorist attack in Tunis, it is inevitable that I am reminded of my week-long Chronicles assignment to Tunisia in September 2012. In view of the carnage that left 20 Western tourists dead on March 18, it is worth revisiting my notes posted in the immediate aftermath of that trip.
  • Lies, Kerry’s Lies, and Color Revolution Statistics

    By Srdja Trifkovic | March 11, 2015
    Even a seasoned cynic sometimes gasps in disbelief. “President Putin misinterprets much of what the U.S. is doing or trying to do,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told a press conference in Geneva on March 2.
  • Netanyahu’s Welcome Clarity

    By Srdja Trifkovic | March 03, 2015
    In his speech to Congress on March 3 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented a straightforward, simple, and extreme position on Iran’s nuclear program: there is to be none, or else there should be war.
  • Ukraine: The Debaltsevo Plot Thickens

    By Srdja Trifkovic | February 18, 2015
    With the fall of Debaltsevo some interesting military-technical questions are starting to emerge. Is the Ukrainian general staff grossly incompetent, or outright treasonous?
  • Ukraine Ceasefire: Cui Bono?

    By Srdja Trifkovic | February 17, 2015
    There are two incompatible narratives on the meaning of last Saturday’s agreement in Minsk. There is also, as usual, the complex reality which the partisans of the warring sides refuse to recognize, and which escapes the attention of major Western media commentators.
  • Report from Moscow: Doomed Ukraine Plan

    By Srdja Trifkovic | February 09, 2015
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande came to Moscow last Friday night to discuss the outline of what was heralded as their peace plan for Ukraine.
  • MUHAMMAD N’EST PAS CHARLIE

    By Srdja Trifkovic | January 26, 2015
    The intention of Charlie Hebdo’s surviving editors in publishing another provocative front-page cartoon a week after the attack, this time of a teary Muhammad holding a Je suis Charlie placard under the words Tout est pardonné (“All Is Forgiven”), is obscure and unimportant.
  • A Quiet European

    By Srdja Trifkovic | January 15, 2015
    Lt. Col. Dr. Mark Obrtel is a 48 year old officer of the army of the Czech Republic who has served with distinction in his country’s missions under NATO command in the former Yugoslavia and Afghanistan.
  • The Predictable Media Reaction

    By Srdja Trifkovic | January 09, 2015
    This random collection requires a strong stomach. Let’s start with The New York Times (January 9): “M. Steven Fish, a political scientist at the University of California, Berkeley, sought to quantify the correlation between Islam and violence . . . ‘Is Islam violent? I would say absolutely not,’ Mr. Fish said in an interview."
  • France’s Malaise

    By Srdja Trifkovic | January 08, 2015
    “You can feel that this can’t continue,” Michel Houellebecq declared two weeks ago following the publication of his novel Soumission, imagining a Muslim-ruled France a decade from now. “Something has to change. I don't know what, but something.”
  • Allahu Akbar, Indeed!

    By Srdja Trifkovic | January 07, 2015
    France is going to be transformed after today’s horror, or France will die. Having spent the holiday season in the South of France I can aver with some authority that the plutocrats are worried.
  • 2015: A Global Assessment

    By Srdja Trifkovic | January 02, 2015
    It is futile to make any but short-term predictions on world affairs: there are just too many variables in the equation, too many unknown-unknowns.
  • Moscow’s Weakness

    By Srdja Trifkovic | December 22, 2014
    Animosity towards Russia-as-such, regardless of the ideological character of her regime, is a lasting constant of the policy of Washington and the West European governments subservient to the U.S. regime.
  • Ukraine is a Long-Term Affair

    By Srdja Trifkovic | December 19, 2014
    In Ukraine the United States presented Russia with its most serious challenge in the last quarter-century. Russia has not responded to that challenge in a timely manner.
  • Russia’s Strategic Setback

    By Srdja Trifkovic | December 09, 2014
    President Putin’s announcement in Turkey last week that Russia was cancelling the $45bn South Stream gas pipeline project has caused havoc in southeastern Europe.
  • ISIS “Strategy” in Tatters

    By Srdja Trifkovic | December 01, 2014
    A serious anti-IS/ISIS strategy urgently requires greater clarity on two key regional players: Iran and Bashar al-Assad. What is the projected role for Iran, a major regional player and a key actor in Shia Iraq, with which the Obama administration is evidently keen to strike a comprehensive deal on nuclear issues?
  • Obama’s Amnesty

    By Srdja Trifkovic | November 22, 2014
    President Barack Obama’s predecessors have taken executive action on immigration, but no previous president has acted on such grand scale or justified his move by prior executive action instead of a statute.
  • A Suicidal Empire

    By Srdja Trifkovic | November 21, 2014
    It is no longer the issue of legality or constitutionality – we are long past that. It is about identity and survival. Obama is the enemy of America, however defined.
  • A Donetsk Travelogue (II)

    By Srdja Trifkovic | November 11, 2014
    The elections in the two self-proclaimed republics in eastern Ukraine on November 2 resulted in the victory of Aleksandr Zakharchenko in Donetsk and Igor Plotnitsky in Lugansk.
  • A Donetsk Travelogue (I)

    By Srdja Trifkovic | November 06, 2014
    “On hearing the rockets, mines or projectiles coming in towards the hotel or after hearing explosion lay on the floor in your room away from the windows,” said the welcoming letter on the desk of my room at the Ramada in Donetsk.
  • Susan Rice and the ISIS “Strategy”

    By Srdja Trifkovic | October 15, 2014
    Talking to NBC’s “Meet the Press” last Sunday, National Security Advisor Susan Rice said the United States would not reevaluate the strategy to “degrade and destroy” the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS or ISIL).
  • A Frivolous, Open-Ended War

    By Srdja Trifkovic | October 08, 2014
    There has never been a war in American history so strategically ill-conceived as the one currently developing against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria.
  • Challenges Facing Russia

    By Srdja Trifkovic | October 01, 2014
    Some commentators have called the events of the past eight months “a new Cold War,” but they are wrong: the Cold War has never ended, as manifested in two rounds of NATO expansion after the collapse of the USSR and the second crisis in Ukraine in a decade.
  • Obama’s “Strategy” and the Ensuing Non-Coalition

    By Srdja Trifkovic | September 17, 2014
    “French aircraft were due to begin their first reconnaissance flights over Iraq,” France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius announced on September 15. Britain is already flying reconnaissance missions over Iraq.
  • More Western Voices of Reason

    By Srdja Trifkovic | September 12, 2014
    My friend (and Tom Fleming’s), former Canadian ambassador in Belgrade James Bissett, published a noteworthy article in last Tuesday’s Ottawa Citizen (“NATO at the Heart of the New Cold War,” September 9).
  • Ukraine: Western Voices of Reason

    By Srdja Trifkovic | September 10, 2014
    Over the past week a number of articles have appeared in mainstream Western publications, penned by respectful Western authors, which are (in all likelihood unwittingly, I must add) out-Trifkovicing Trifkovic in their assessment of the tragedy in Ukraine.
  • Obama’s Non-Strategy

    By Srdja Trifkovic | September 08, 2014
    In an interview that aired on last Sunday’s “Meet the Press” Obama tried to sound confident: “Keep in mind that this is something that we know how to do. We’ve been dealing with terrorist threats for quite some time.” The claim is unsettling.
  • Henry Kissinger, the Inconsistent Realist

    By Srdja Trifkovic | September 04, 2014
    On August 30 The Wall Street Journal published a long and interesting article by Henry Kissinger, excerpted from his new book World Order.
  • Stereotyping Europeans (I): Poland

    By Srdja Trifkovic | August 30, 2014
    Having turned 60 last month I should start taking stock of my life, making the reasonable assumption that the best is behind me (infantile baby-boomer assertion that “sixty is the new forty” notwithstanding).
  • Trouble in Rome

    By Srdja Trifkovic | August 22, 2014
    Pope Francis’… election is a compromise which will keep most traditionalists contented, if not exactly enthused, while giving the reformist zealots another decade or so to select a strong, charismatic candidate for their long-planned onslaught.
  • Confronting the Islamic State

    By Srdja Trifkovic | August 20, 2014
    The horrendous murder of James Foley by the Islamic State (IS) is more than just another display of jihadist savagery, reminiscent of the death of Daniel Pearl in 2002. Its strategic purpose is to provoke a wave of indignation at home, and to get the United States directly involved in yet another unwinnable Middle Eastern war.
  • The Islamic State Consolidated

    By Srdja Trifkovic | August 15, 2014
    A week ago American planes were used for the first time to bomb Islamic State (IS) targets in northern Iraq. President Obama’s decision to authorize limited airstrikes has not changed the military balance, however.
  • Israel: Tactical Winner, Strategic Loser

    By Srdja Trifkovic | August 07, 2014
    The events in Gaza since July 7 have shown, not for the first time, Israel’s difficulty in coping with the challenges of asymmetric warfare.
  • Russia and the West: The Tragedy of 1204 Redux

    By Srdja Trifkovic | August 01, 2014
    In April 2008 I published this article on our website (the link is no longer available). In view of the crisis in and over Ukraine and the ongoing overall deterioration of relations between “the West” and Russia, its key points are even more pertinent today – over six years later – than they were then.
  • MH17: The Interim Score

    By Srdja Trifkovic | July 28, 2014
    In the end we may never know with certainty who shot down the Malaysian airliner on July 17, and under what circumstances. My assessment, made in the immediate aftermath of the disaster – that it was engineered by deliberately guiding the airliner into harm’s way – will be further examined in this article.
  • A False Flag, or Fog of War over Ukraine?

    By Srdja Trifkovic | July 18, 2014
    A Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 bound for Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam was shot down in eastern Ukraine Thursday afternoon, killing all 298 passengers and crew.
  • Does Putin Have a Strategy? (III)

    By Srdja Trifkovic | July 16, 2014
    According to the latest opinion poll, published on July 16, President Putin’s approval rating among different segments of Russia’s electorate has risen to an unprecedented 66 percent.
  • Does Putin Have a Strategy? (II)

    By Srdja Trifkovic | July 14, 2014
    It’s been over two months since I first asked this question in the aftermath of the Odessa massacre. The situation has further deteriorated since that time.
  • The ISIS Caliphate: A Viable Project

    By Srdja Trifkovic | June 30, 2014
    Large-scale fighting raged in Iraq on Monday, following Sunday’s proclamation of an Islamic caliphate over large areas of Syria and Iraq by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
  • The Geopolitics of New Multipolarity

    By Srdja Trifkovic | June 19, 2014
    During the Cold War, holding on to the continental rimland – from Norway, across central Europe, to Greece and Turkey – was the mainstay of America’s strategy and the rationale behind the creation of NATO in 1949.
  • IRAQ: THE SCORE

    By Srdja Trifkovic | June 17, 2014
    In an essential article published on June 16, one of the key architects of the Iraq war, former ambassador John Bolton, argued that “US focus must be on Iran as Iraq falls apart.”
  • The Ever More Complex Levantine Puzzle

    By Srdja Trifkovic | June 14, 2014
    Ambassador Ford’s article in the NYT on June 10 is irresponsible and ill-informed at best. It was published on the very day the insurgents belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (also known as “ISIS” to include Syria) started its spectacular advance on Mosul, Tikrit, and points further south.
  • Chaos in Iraq

    By Srdja Trifkovic | June 12, 2014
    Last Tuesday’s sudden capture of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city (population 1.8 million), by a coalition of Sunni forces led by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant was swiftly followed by the fall of Tikrit, Saddam Hussein’s home town.
  • Obama’s West Point Address

    By Srdja Trifkovic | June 02, 2014
    President Barack Obama’s commencement address at West Point on May 28 managed to displease pretty much everyone in the nation’s commentariat.
  • The Chronicler of Serbia's Decline

    By Srdja Trifkovic | May 23, 2014
    Serbia's foremost writer Dobrica Ćosić (Dobritsa Chossich) died in his sleep on May 18 at the age of 93. He was a complex man with an interesting life.
  • MODI ANTE PORTAS

    By Srdja Trifkovic | May 22, 2014
    Two important recent events – Narendra Modi’s landslide victory in India last week and the massive energy and trade agreement which Russia and China signed in Beijing on Wednesday – have the potential to alter Asia’s strategic landscape.
  • Ukraine: Does Putin Have a Strategy?

    By Srdja Trifkovic | May 04, 2014
    The events in Odessa and the Donetsk region over the past three days mark a new stage in the Ukrainian drama with authorities in Kiev ready to use indiscriminate force,and their Western mentors supporting them while continuing to blame Russia for the rampant violence.
  • The Shaky Ukrainian Accord

    By Srdja Trifkovic | April 21, 2014
    At a hastily convened meeting in Geneva last Thursday the foreign ministers of Russia, the Kiev interim regime, the European Union and the United States worked out an agreement on the principles that are supposed to defuse the crisis.
  • Report from Moscow

    By Srdja Trifkovic | April 14, 2014
    I am back from Russia’s capital, where I presented a paper at a conference on World War I at Moscow’s Lomonosov State University.
  • A Crimean Travelogue, Part II

    By Srdja Trifkovic | April 07, 2014
    Sunday, March 16 – the referendum day – started with a morning visit to three polling stations.
  • A Crimean Travelogue, Part I

    By Srdja Trifkovic | March 26, 2014
    A travelogue of Srdja Trifkovic's time over in the Crimea.
  • Srdja Trifkovic on Al Jazeera

    By Srdja Trifkovic | March 19, 2014
    Srdja Trifkovic segment during Al Jazeera's report on the Crimea referendum.
  • Everything You Wanted to Know About Putin and Crimea but were Afraid to Ask

    By Srdja Trifkovic | March 18, 2014
    Srdja Trifkovic interviewed by Mike Church on SiriusXM Patrot Radio.
  • Crimea and Kosovo: Commonalities and Differences

    By Srdja Trifkovic | March 17, 2014
    The Voice of Russia talked to Srdja Trifkovic, writer on international affairs and foreign affairs editor for Chronicles, regarding the commonalities and differences between Crimea and Kosovo.
  • Ukraine Bosnified, Putin Hitlerized

    By Srdja Trifkovic | March 10, 2014
    On March 6 President Obama said in Washington that the Crimean authorities’ plans for a referendum “violate the Ukrainian Constitution and violate international law.”
  • An Optional Crisis for the U.S., an Existential Threat for Russia

    By Srdja Trifkovic | March 05, 2014
    In his latest RTTV interview our Foreign Affairs Editor discusses the developments in the Crimean Peninsula and elsewhere in Ukraine.
  • Ukraine’s Uncertain Future

    By Srdja Trifkovic | February 28, 2014
    The main difference is that Ukraine is an evenly divided country, by territory and by population. The “unionists” (Western Ukrainian nationalists) cannot hope to subjugate and “reconstruct” the Russians and pro-Russian Ukrainians, who dominate the Black Sea coast and the East.
  • Ukrainian Protests Degenerate from Hooliganism to Terrorism

    By Srdja Trifkovic | February 20, 2014
    —Srdja Trifkovic Live RT Interview
  • Letter from Bosnia: A Fraudulent “Spring”

    By Srdja Trifkovic | February 17, 2014
    There is more than meets the eye to the wave of ostensibly “non-ethnic” anti-corruption demonstrations in several majority-Muslim cities of Bosnia-Herzegovina, which started on February 6 and largely fizzled out a week later.
  • Nuland's Doctrine of Limited Sovereignty

    By Srdja Trifkovic | February 07, 2014
    With the United States and its so-called benevolent global hegemony, there is no border: every nook and cranny of the world, every spot on the planet, is a legitimate target for the Nulands of this world to come and intervene.
  • Syria: A Predictable Failure

    By Srdja Trifkovic | February 02, 2014
    U.N. mediator Lakhdar Brahimi wrapped up the first round of the “Geneva II” negotiations last Friday reporting little progress. No ceasefire was agreed, and talks on a transitional government never began. The next round is scheduled for February 10, but its prospects are dim. The opposing sides predictably blame each other for the stalemate, but in any event the talks were doomed to fail.
  • Dr. Trifkovic on RT

    By Srdja Trifkovic | January 14, 2014
    Click here to watch Dr. Srdja Trifkovic's interview on RT discussing the Eurovision song contest.
  • A Decent Deal

    By Srdja Trifkovic | November 27, 2013
    Ever since 1945, the political effect of a country’s possession of nuclear weapons has been to force its potential adversaries to exercise caution and to freeze the existing frontiers. There is no reason to think that Iran would be an exception to the rule.
  • Armistice Day, 95 Years Later

    By Srdja Trifkovic | November 11, 2013
    After four years and three months of unprecedented carnage, the Great War ended 95 years ago today. The most tragic event in the history of mankind, that war destroyed a vibrant, magnificently creative civilization. A fundamentally decent and well-ordered world was shattered for ever. The floodgates of hell in which we live now were opened.
  • Latest Massacre of Syrian Christians Covered Up in the West

    By Srdja Trifkovic | November 08, 2013
    When a false-flag atrocity occurs of which Muslims are the purported victims, the United States goes to war to save them—the January 1999 stage-managed “massacre” at Racak, in Kosovo, being a classic example. When all-too-real massacres of Christians by Muslims take place, they are unreported in the Western media and uncommented upon by Western politicians. - See more at:
  • Jean Raspail's New Warning

    By Srdja Trifkovic | November 05, 2013
    Forty years after publishing his prophetic dystopia Jean Raspail is still with us, ever more resigned that our civilization is on the “road to disappearance.”
  • Egypt Stabilized

    By Srdja Trifkovic | October 30, 2013
    Contrary to the predictions of many Western pundits and journalists, Egypt’s “deep state”—seemingly on the defensive during Morsi’s year in power—has been able to control the situation and stabilize the country (as we predicted it would be three weeks after the coup).
  • Syria's Violent Stalemate

    By Srdja Trifkovic | October 18, 2013
    The fighting will continue, but no strategically decisive event is on the horizon. A military stalemate is taking shape. The rebels are controlling large areas in the north and east of the country, while government forces have extended control over their strongholds in Damascus, the coastal strip, and the areas along the border with Lebanon.
  • Netanyahu Overplays His Hand

    By Srdja Trifkovic | October 07, 2013
    The ability of the Israeli prime minister to identify his understanding of Israel’s interests with those of the United States is not as great as before, which is good news for both Israel and America.
  • Merkel's Flawed Attempt

    By Srdja Trifkovic | September 27, 2013
    The irony of Merkel’s success is that she has fallen just short of the simple majority, and the likely new coalition will be far less to her liking than the old one. The FDP, her pro-business, socially liberal coalition partners, have suffered a debacle, dropping from 14 percent of the vote in 2009 to under 5 percent now.
  • Putin's Cuban Moment

    By Srdja Trifkovic | September 16, 2013
    Harold Wilson was right: A week is a long time in politics. The one just behind us—the longest of Barack Obama’s presidency thus far—has provided a mix of drama, bravado, mendacity and stupidity unseen since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.
  • Syria: Idiocy Meets Mendacity

    By Srdja Trifkovic | September 03, 2013
    At a time of domestic financial weakness and cultural decline, the American interest requires prudence, restraint, and a rational link between ends and means. Abroad, it demands disengagement from distant countries of which we know little; at home, a sane immigration policy. Making Syria safe for jihad is as idiotic—and almost as ruinous to America’s future—as granting amnesty to twenty-odd million mostly unassimilable illegal aliens.
  • Syria: A Classic False Flag Atrocity

    By Srdja Trifkovic | August 27, 2013
    Whenever there is a widely publicized atrocity in a country gripped by civil war, followed by an orgy of the pornography of compassion, it is sensible to ask cui bono and to examine all evidence in minute detail. When an incident is immediately used as grist for the interventionist mill, it is reasonable to assume that we are dealing with a false flag operation, just like the February 1994 Markale market explosion in Sarajevo
  • The Brotherhood's Just Deserts

    By Srdja Trifkovic | August 16, 2013
    The really important news from Egypt is not the “martyrdom” of some hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters and underage human shields set up for sacrifice by their leaders. It is not the brutality of the security forces fighting the emergence of a Khalifate within the state. It is the targeting of dozens of Christian churches, institutions and individuals all over Egypt by the MB, instigated by the leaders and eagerly carried out by the rank-and-file.
  • Snowden's Asylum

    By Srdja Trifkovic | August 05, 2013
    It would be equally interesting to imagine the reaction of McCain et al. if Russia routinely resorted to the arrest of American citizens in third countries—Belarus or Kazakhstan, say—and their extradition to Moscow for trial on various charges. That is exactly what the U.S. is doing to Russians.
  • No Further E.U, Enlargement After Croatia

    By Srdja Trifkovic | August 02, 2013
    On July 1 Croatia became the 28th country to join the European Union, and on current form there will be no further enlargement for many years to come. The rest of the Balkans, and the Ukraine, have been left hanging.
  • Egypt's Crisis (II)

    By Srdja Trifkovic | July 31, 2013
    The U.S. policy on Egypt is in disarray, and both camps distrust America—the Muslim Brotherhood by default, its opponents from experience.
  • The Egyptian Crisis

    By Srdja Trifkovic | July 30, 2013
    The ongoing crisis in Egypt, prima facie, is a case of irresistible force (the army) meeting an immovable object (the Muslim Brotherhood, MB).
  • Egypt: A Failing State

    By Srdja Trifkovic | July 10, 2013
    Mohamed Morsi’s removal from power is not a “massive blow” to political Islam, much less the proof of its failure. It is the result of the Muslim Brotherhood’s attempt to monopolize all power, coupled with the MB government’s gross economic and social mismanagement.
  • Giulio Andreotti: A Career (Full Article

    By Srdja Trifkovic | July 01, 2013
    Almost two months have passed since the death of Giulio Andreotti, arguably the most powerful politician in Italy's post-World War II history. In recent weeks I have struggled with a draft obituary of this complex man who deserves to be better known abroad, but the task proved daunting.
  • Ukraine's Dilemma

    By Srdja Trifkovic | June 26, 2013
    Speaking at the end of the meeting of the EU-Ukraine Cooperation Council in Luxembourg on June 24, European Enlargement Commissioner Štefan Füle warned Ukraine that “time is running preciously short” for the government in Kiev to meet all European Union conditions in time to sign a free trade and association agreement in November.
  • Turkey: The AKP Regime Is Not in Trouble, But Erdogan Is

    By Srdja Trifkovic | June 11, 2013
    Prime Minister Rejep Tayyip Erdogan’s decade-old, increasingly personal rule is being challenged from unexpected quarters: from his fellow religious conservatives who resent his authoritarian style and arrogance.
  • The Least Bad Option in Syria

    By Srdja Trifkovic | June 09, 2013
    Until a few weeks ago, political leaders in the United States and Western Europe had claimed with monotonous regularity that the government of Syria was on the verge of collapse.
  • Jihadophilia

    By Srdja Trifkovic | May 23, 2013
    Jihadophilia is characterized by a breakdown of the ability to name Muslims as perpetrators of the acts of Islamic terrorism, by the tendency to systematically ignore Islam as a factor in terrorist attacks or to deny its relevance in such attacks, and by an acute deficit of the capacity or will to provide appropriate institutional or emotional responses to such attacks.
  • Dominique Venner, a French Samurai

    By Srdja Trifkovic | May 21, 2013
    Dominique Venner, prominent French author and much-decorated Algerian war veteran who shot himself before the altar of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on May 21, was a determined foe of homosexual “marriage”—which was legalized in France last weekend—and the threat of Islam to the French society.
  • Letter From Budapest: A Hungarian Rhapsody

    By Srdja Trifkovic | May 20, 2013
    Here is a decent little country in the heart of Europe—good food, safe streets, rich soil—which could be a Pannonian version of Holland, but it is not a happy place.
  • Benghazi: The Undoing of Hillary

    By Srdja Trifkovic | May 10, 2013
    It remains to be seen who will be the Democratic presidential candidate in 2016. After this week’s congressional hearings on Benghazi it is certain that Hillary Clinton—the worst Secretary of State in American history—will not be that person.
  • The Lessons of Boston

    By Srdja Trifkovic | May 06, 2013
    Three weeks after the bombings it is possible to make some firm and a few tentative conclusions. The most important fact is that the outrage was an act of Islamic terrorism.
  • Kosovo, a Frozen Conflict

    By Srdja Trifkovic | April 15, 2013
    Until a week ago it appeared that the government in Belgrade would give up the last vestiges of its claim to Kosovo for the sake of some indeterminate date in the future when Serbia may join the European Union.
  • A Storm in a Korean Teacup

    By Srdja Trifkovic | April 05, 2013
    On April 4 the Pentagon announced that it was sending a mobile missile defense system to Guam as a “precautionary move” to protect the island from the potential threat from North Korea.
  • The EU’s Iffy Eastern Partners

    By Srdja Trifkovic | March 22, 2013
    One variant of a well-known law of bureaucracy says that the amount of time spent discussing a budgetary decision is inversely proportional to the magnitude of the budget in question. Judging by what I witnessed on March 20 at the European Parliament, the Brussels machine functions entirely in accordance with this adage.
  • The Sick Man on the Senne

    By Srdja Trifkovic | March 19, 2013
    The European Union today is like the “Socialist Community” under Leonid Brezhnev in his dotage: totalitarian yet inefficient, glorified by its self-serving nomenklatura yet unloved by its subjects, devoid of any unifying ideology beyond the worn-out phrases and platitudes parroted by the absurd men and repulsive women in dull suits.
  • Pope Francis

    By Srdja Trifkovic | March 13, 2013
    Many of us non-RC traditionalist all over the world had awaited the news from Rome with some trepidation. In the end it turned out to be rather good.
  • Breaking the Syrian Stalemate

    By Srdja Trifkovic | March 07, 2013
    Two years after the beginning of the Syrian insurgency, three facts are clear: The rebels are unable to bring down the government of President Bashar al-Assad, foreign political support and military supplies notwithstanding; Bashar's forces are unable to defeat the rebels and reestablish control over the entire country; and continued third-party advocacy of either one of those two unattainable objectives can only prolong Syria's agony.
  • Trifkovic, Fleming, & Chronicles on Trial at The Hague

    By Srdja Trifkovic | February 14, 2013
    Last week I testified, for the third time in a decade, before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia at The Hague.
  • Götterdämmerung, Eight Decades Later

    By Srdja Trifkovic | January 30, 2013
    Eighty years ago today, President Paul von Hindenburg appointed Adolf Hitler Germany’s Chancellor. The old Marshal, a Junker through and through, did so unwillingly.
  • The Lessons of In Amenas

    By Srdja Trifkovic | January 25, 2013
    Last week’s attack on the Algerian gas facility at In Amenas was the most elaborate jihadist assault ever conducted on African soil. It was also the most spectacular action of its kind since November 2008, when Islamic terrorists carried out a series of coordinated shooting and bombing attacks in Bombay (aka “Mumbai”), India’s largest city.
  • Is Algeria Next?

    By Srdja Trifkovic | January 18, 2013
    The raid on In Amenas is the most significant military event in North Africa since the end of operations in Libya in October 2011. It was more sophisticated than the attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi last September 11. Its implications are more momentous than the escalating insurgency in Mali, to Algeria’s south.
  • An Albanian Travelogue

    By Srdja Trifkovic | January 08, 2013
    I’ve just returned from Albania, almost 22 years after visiting that country for the first time. In July 1991 I went there on an assignment with U.S. News & World Report, only weeks after the country’s borders were finally opened to foreigners after 45 years of hermetic isolation.
  • The Islamic Republic of Egypt

    By Srdja Trifkovic | December 31, 2012
    The most important foreign event in the final days of 2012 was the ramming through of Egypt’s new, Sharia-based constitution by President Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood allies.
  • The Plight of Christians in Egypt

    By Srdja Trifkovic | December 13, 2012
    The fundamental issue is that in the Muslim world “democratization” means one man-one vote, once, on a one-way street to sharia, and the declining rights for everybody else.
  • Hillary Clinton’s Arrogant Posturing

    By Srdja Trifkovic | December 12, 2012
    Clinton has abused her position in pursuit of a radical ideological outlook formed in the late 1960’s. Her disregard for long-established international norms and mechanisms is as revolutionary on the global scene as Obama’s presidency is domestically.
  • Israeli Settlements: Trifkovic Interview

    By Srdja Trifkovic | December 04, 2012
    Read the transcript from Srdja Trifkovic's RT Interview, from December 3.
  • Democracy: Reflections on the 2012 JRC Meeting

    By Srdja Trifkovic | November 27, 2012
    The notion of democracy is founded upon the lie that government is not ultimately personal, that there is no Person to whom “We the People” must answer, and that therefore “We the People” can do whatever they please.
  • Obama's Victory

    By Srdja Trifkovic | November 07, 2012
    Romney lost because the real America did not trust him to stand up to anti-America. The Republic lost for the same reason the Roman Republic lost the Civil War: it did not have a true champion in the ring.
  • Dinesh D’Souza: A Charlatan’s Comeuppance

    By Srdja Trifkovic | November 02, 2012
    “I had no idea that it is considered wrong in Christian circles to be engaged prior to being divorced,” D’Souza explained . . .
  • A Non-Debate

    By Srdja Trifkovic | October 23, 2012
    The illusion that on Monday night a vigorous foreign-policy-centered debate took place in Boca Raton is being perpetuated by countless mainstream media outlets from coast to coast.
  • A Tale of Two Disasters: The Balkans and the Middle East

    By Srdja Trifkovic | October 15, 2012
    The Balkans and the Middle East Mirroring Each Other marks the centenary of the First Balkan War and the liberation of Kosovo and Southern Serbia after four centuries of the Ottoman misrule.
  • Tunisia: The Game Is Not Over

    By Srdja Trifkovic | October 08, 2012
    A week-long visit to Tunisia, in the course of which I covered some 2,000 miles by rental car, bus, SUV, and a powered hang glider, has confirmed that of faraway places we often assume to know more than we do. The first country affected by a wave of popular discontent known as the Arab Spring was full of surprises.
  • Benghazi: The Arab Spring Shows Its Face

    By Srdja Trifkovic | September 14, 2012
    U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens was directly involved in helping unleash the monster that destroyed him.
  • The Disappearing Middle Eastern Christians

    By Srdja Trifkovic | September 04, 2012
    The decline of the Christian remnant in the Middle East has been accelerated in recent decades, and accompanied by the indifference of the post-Christian West to its impending demise.
  • U.S. Commander: Ramadan Fasting Made Them Do It!

    By Srdja Trifkovic | August 25, 2012
    Welcome to the Ramadan-Induced Sudden Jihad Syndrome. Presumably next year, the U.S. Army is going to set up counseling centers and group therapy sessions for the Afghan soldiers and policemen who cease to be responsible for their actions due to the “great strain.”
  • Report From Rome: Berlusconi’s Comeback?

    By Srdja Trifkovic | August 14, 2012
    Between a “normal person” like Berlusconi and a faceless chief executive like Monti, Italy is stuck between a rock and a hard place.
  • Turkey Resurgent

    By Srdja Trifkovic | August 10, 2012
    Turkey has become a key player in Washington’s regime-change strategy by not only providing operational bases and supply channels to the rebels, but by simultaneously confronting Iran over Syria. The war of words between them is escalating.
  • Syria: Interventionists’ Relentless Hypocrisy

    By Srdja Trifkovic | August 01, 2012
    The Syrian scenario, as concocted in Washington with some help from London and Paris, is proceeding with almost comical predictability.
  • The Muslim Brotherhood, Our Ally

    By Srdja Trifkovic | July 30, 2012
    The Obama Administration’s Middle Eastern policy is irrational and detrimental to American interests in the region. The decision to support the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria and Egypt is the strategic equivalent of Emperor Nicholas I Romanov’s support for the Habsburgs in suppressing the Hungarian revolution in 1849.
  • The Uncertain Future of Bosnia

    By Srdja Trifkovic | July 21, 2012
    This former Yugoslav republic is not a “country” but a deeply divided international protectorate.
  • Conspiracy Realism

    By Srdja Trifkovic | July 05, 2012
    The European Union Presidency statement on racism of March 21, 2002, declared that the EU “bases its very existence in the idea that “all peoples and individuals constitute one human family.”
  • Comprehending the Absurd: The U.S. Balkan Policy

    By Srdja Trifkovic | June 29, 2012
    Over the past two decades the decisionmakers in Washington have acquired and internalized a bias in Balkan affairs that falls outside the parameters of rational debate.
  • Syria Gets Complicated

    By Srdja Trifkovic | June 19, 2012
    Once some powerful people in Washington decide that they want a war, they do not give up until they get it.
  • Turmoil in Egypt

    By Srdja Trifkovic | June 15, 2012
    This week’s events indicate that the legacy of nationalist secularism remains strong among Egypt’s elites. The military is both powerful and popular.
  • Serbian Election II: The End of the Beginning

    By Srdja Trifkovic | May 21, 2012
    The defeat of Boris Tadic—amply and inappropriately assisted in the final stages of his campaign by the unspeakable, greasy-haired, gay-pride-marching U.S. ambassadress Mary Worlick—is certainly not the end of the global-imperial lethal grip on Serbia.
  • A Scandal in Dubai

    By Srdja Trifkovic | May 17, 2012
    Dubai’s ruling Al Maktoums control an ostensibly U.S.-friendly, economically weakened and politically fragile Middle Eastern autocracy which needs robust encouragement from Washington to stop victimization of foreigners—including Americans—by manipulating judicial processes.
  • Should Speculative Bankers Be Put to Death?

    By Srdja Trifkovic | May 16, 2012
    The thought is tempting and rather appealing, the imagination runs pleasingly wild.
  • The Syrian Rebels and the KLA

    By Srdja Trifkovic | May 07, 2012
    Interview: Wiping out local minorities after an extensive NATO airstrike is the only combat tactic the KLA had mastered and the only thing the Syrian opposition can really learn from them, foreign-affairs editor for the U.S.-based Chronicles magazine, Srdja Trifkovic, told RT.
  • Obama in Afghanistan

    By Srdja Trifkovic | May 02, 2012
    After Obama’s television address it is obvious that the Afghan mission is over.
  • "Srebrenica" as Holocaust: Trifkovic, the "Genocide Denier"

    By Srdja Trifkovic | April 27, 2012
    The accepted Srebrenica story, influenced by war propaganda and uncritical media reports, is neither historically correct nor morally satisfying.
  • Adolf Hitler, Our Contemporary

    By Srdja Trifkovic | April 20, 2012
    Hitler is 123 today, and he is alive and well. The Führer is going strong not because a vast neo-Nazi conspiracy is about to take over the Western world, kill the Jews, expel the Muslims and make April 20 the Day of Aryan Rebirth, but because he is an all-time favorite of the neoconservative-neoliberal duopoly at home and abroad.
  • Middle Eastern Wars Averted, For Now

    By Srdja Trifkovic | April 10, 2012
    Most areas of Syria appeared calm on Tuesday, the first day of the UN-brokered peace plan. Opposition activists are predictably accusing the government of violations following a firefight in Homs and an incident on the Turkish border which left five people wounded, but on the whole the ceasefire is holding.
  • Sarkozy the Demagogue

    By Srdja Trifkovic | March 30, 2012
    Sarkozy’s reference to “a certain form of radical Islamism” (une forme d’islamisme radical) that would no longer be tolerated in France raises further questions about his understanding of the Islamic threat.
  • Just a Regular French Youth

    By Srdja Trifkovic | March 23, 2012
    As soon as I heard the news I suspected the score. “Far-Right extremists!” screamed the media pack, but my hunch was right: the murderer of a rabbi and three children at a Jewish school near Toulouse, and of three French soldiers only days earlier, was not French. He was a French citizen of Algerian descent, as we now know, but his allegiance and his identity had nothing to do with passports and ID cards.
  • Putin's Victory

    By Srdja Trifkovic | March 09, 2012
    Putin’s win was far more convincing than his Western detractors had expected. Even his domestic foes, who dispute the official figure of 64 percent and accuse the government of various irregularities, do not deny that he has scored a simple majority.
  • The Afghan Debacle

    By Srdja Trifkovic | February 29, 2012
    The Obama administration’s strategy in Afghanistan is in tatters. This month’s violence, sparked off by the reported burning of Qurans at an American military base, has claimed at least thirty lives.
  • Syria Gets Complicated

    By Srdja Trifkovic | February 24, 2012
    The regime of Bashar al-Assad is in some trouble, but it is not in any immediate danger of collapsing; if there is no foreign intervention it may survive.
  • Obama's Game

    By Srdja Trifkovic | February 13, 2012
    Obama’s carefully crafted speech sounded more like the opening shot in the reelection race than a set of serious policy proposals.
  • Obama’s Strategic Doctrine: W Lite

    By Srdja Trifkovic | February 01, 2012
    The Obama administration’s “Defense Strategic Guidance” (DSG), which was unveiled on January 5 as part of the broader programmatic document, Sustaining US Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense, has been greeted with neoconservative howls of rage.
  • Iranian Crisis Escalates

    By Srdja Trifkovic | January 20, 2012
    By pursuing sanctions similar in intent and likely consequences to FDR’s sanctions against Japan in 1941, the Obama administration may produce similar outcomes. That would be a disaster for all concerned.
  • A Grim Christmas

    By Srdja Trifkovic | December 25, 2011
    This Christmas let us spare a thought and say a prayer for countless Christian victims of Muslim brutality, over the centuries and in our own time.
  • Kim Jong-il, the Leader from Hell

    By Srdja Trifkovic | December 19, 2011
    Kim Jong-il, the North Korean “Dear Leader” (as well as Secretary-General of the Workers' Party of Korea, Chairman of the National Defense Commission, Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army, etc, etc.) is dead at 69.
  • A Balkan Travelogue

    By Srdja Trifkovic | December 15, 2011
    It’s been some years since Tom Fleming and I have indulged in seven-day mad dashes across the Balkans, speaking, lecturing and giving interviews, meeting interesting people over good food and drink. Last week’s tour, which took us to Belgrade and Banja Luka, had the tempo and feel of the old times, but it was on balance a melancholy affair.
  • Multicultural vs. Stereotypical

    By Srdja Trifkovic | November 25, 2011
    Most West European media professionals tend to subscribe, consciously or not, to a neoliberal world outlook in general and to the tenets of multiculturalism in particular.
  • Angela Merkel’s Bid for a Tighter European Union

    By Srdja Trifkovic | November 21, 2011
    Addressing the annual congress of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Leipzig on November 14, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for further political integration within the European Union as a means to ending the sovereign-debt crisis.
  • The End of the Berlusconi Era

    By Srdja Trifkovic | November 09, 2011
    Berlusconi sacrificed nothing and served himself. Italy deserves better.
  • Papandreou’s Coup de Main

    By Srdja Trifkovic | November 03, 2011
    Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou’s decision to call off the referendum on the EU-brokered rescue plan may look like a sign of weakness. Not so. The wily Socialist has forced the opposition to get off the fence and declare its support for his policies.
  • A Hellenic Haircut

    By Srdja Trifkovic | October 28, 2011
    Greece’s private-sector debt is now down to 100 billion euros, and the country will continue its long road to nowhere with zero growth, cuts and austerity. Even after the 50 percent write down its debt is still 90 percent of the country’s GDP and for as long as it stays in the euro the burden can never be paid off.
  • Euro Woes

    By Srdja Trifkovic | October 11, 2011
    My stopover in Brussels on the way to the Balkans last week proved less than illuminating on the issue of the eurozone crisis and Greek debt.
  • Serbia Betrayed by Her Leaders

    By Srdja Trifkovic | September 30, 2011
    Talking to CKCU 93.1FM in Ottawa, Dr. Srdja Trifkovic considers the extraordinary readiness of the government in Belgrade to compromise Serbia’s national and state interests in order to demonstrate its subservience to the “international community.”
  • Past and Future President Putin

    By Srdja Trifkovic | September 26, 2011
    Last Saturday, at United Russia’s congress, the ruling duumvirate of President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin finally ended the uncertainty of some months’ standing. Putin first asked Medvedev to head United Russia’s list at next December’s Duma election. Accepting the offer, Medvedev proposed that United Russia nominate Putin as its presidential candidate in March 2012.
  • Beyond the "Strategic Partnership"

    By Srdja Trifkovic | September 15, 2011
    The geopolitical framework for an upgrade in Russian-German relations.
  • 9-11, Ten Years Later: Islam’s Unmitigated Success

    By Srdja Trifkovic | September 12, 2011
    Address at The Rockford Institute, September 8, 2011.
  • NATO After Libya: A Threat to European Stability

    By Srdja Trifkovic | August 29, 2011
    More than two decades after the end of the Cold War, NATO is an obsolete and harmful anachronism. It has morphed into a vehicle for the attainment of misguided American strategic objectives on a global scale.
  • The Libyan Endgame

    By Srdja Trifkovic | August 22, 2011
    Regardless of whether Muammar Qaddafy is killed, brought before the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague, or exiled, his regime has collapsed beyond recovery.
  • The Middle East Heats Up

    By Srdja Trifkovic | August 19, 2011
    The string of attacks on civilian and military targets in southern Israel by gunmen suspected to have crossed from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula was a complex, carefully coordinated operation. Israeli sources say that its intelligence services, army and police were taken by surprise by the scale and slick organization of the multiple assaults staged near Eilat.
  • London's Postmodern Riots

    By Srdja Trifkovic | August 09, 2011
    Three key aspects of London’s three successive nights of rioting are missing in the mainstream media coverage: race, the striking indifference of most onlookers to the chaos around them, and the equally striking inability or unwillingness of the police to impose and maintain order.
  • The Habsburgs and the Balkans: A Rich, Uneven Tapestry

    By Srdja Trifkovic | August 01, 2011
    Much ill-informed and superficial nonsense has been published in recent weeks on the Habsburgs in general and on their role in the Balkans in particular. This is a pity because that role is genuinely interesting, often filled with drama and heroism, and in its final stages marked by hubris, folly, and tragedy. Well worth a sober revisit.
  • The Oslo Fallout: A Review of Views Unfit to Print

    By Srdja Trifkovic | August 01, 2011
    On August 1 the Daily Mail published an op-ed by Melanie Philips (“Hatred, smears and the liberals hell-bent on bullying millions of us into silence”) which warns that the baleful effects of Anders Breivik’s recent attacks in Norway have not been limited to the carnage of the day.
  • Otto von Habsburg: The Facts

    By Srdja Trifkovic | July 29, 2011
    Dr. Trifkovic responds to James Bogle.
  • The Oslo Connection

    By Srdja Trifkovic | July 28, 2011
    In his 1,500-page European Declaration of Independence mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik approvingly quotes me and several other authors who have written critically about Islam, including Bat Ye’or, Robert Spencer, Andrew Bostom and Ayaan Hirsi Ali. The exploitation of the connection followed promptly.
  • Otto von Habsburg's Ambiguous Legacy

    By Srdja Trifkovic | July 18, 2011
    Archduke Otto von Habsburg, who died on July 4 aged 98, became the heir to the imperial crown of Austria and the royal crown of Hungary when his father Charles ascended the throne of the multinational Dual Monarchy in November 1916.
  • The Green, Green Arab Summer: II

    By Srdja Trifkovic | July 11, 2011
    The magnitude of Western self-deception and ignorance about the future of Egypt was exemplified by a feature article in The Washington Post last week (Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood could be unraveling, July 7).
  • The Green, Green Arab Summer: I

    By Srdja Trifkovic | July 08, 2011
    In the U.S. mainstream media the developments that have followed the misnamed “Arab Spring” have been curiously under-reported. The reason seems clear: In recent weeks those developments have taken a clear turn away from Western-style democracy, pluralism, tolerance, respect for human rights, etc. (as we’ve warned, repeatedly, that they would).
  • Libya: A Non-Hostile War

    By Srdja Trifkovic | June 28, 2011
    Only one spectacle in recent weeks proved more nauseating than the Commander-in-Chief fine-tuning the Afghan drawdown to suit his re-election timetable. It was Barack Obama’s attempt to justify continued American participation in the illegal and unnecessary war in Libya by claiming that—far from being a war—it does not even merit the designation of hostilities.
  • The ICC Orders Qaddafy's Arrest

    By Srdja Trifkovic | June 28, 2011
    The Libyan affair became a choreographed farce on June 27, with the International Criminal Court (ICC) issuing arrest warrants for Muammar Qaddafy, one of his sons, and his chief of military intelligence.
  • The Transnistrian Solution, Lost in Kievan Translation

    By Srdja Trifkovic | June 15, 2011
    On June 14 I was the keynote speaker at a press briefing in Kiev organized by The American Institute in Ukraine on the problem of Pridnestrovie (Transnistria). The Russian and Ukrainian majority of that self-proclaimed republic straddling the eastern bank of the Dniestr declared secession from Moldova after a brief but bloody conflict in 1991 and proclaimed the “Pridnestrovian Moldovan Republic” (PMR). It has not been recognized by any state, however . . .
  • Shades of Grey: The Record of Archbishop Stepinac

    By Srdja Trifkovic | June 08, 2011
    As a long-time upholder of friendship and alliance between the Roman Catholic and Orthodox traditionalists, I am disheartened by Pope Benedict XVI’s uncritical portrayal of Archbishop Alojzije Stepinac (1898-1960) as a saintly figure during his visit to Croatia earlier this week.
  • General Mladic: The Facts

    By Srdja Trifkovic | June 01, 2011
    The circumstances surrounding the arrest of the wartime commander of the Bosnian Serb Army, General Ratko Mladic, seem puzzling.
  • Democratizing the Middle East: A Realist Alternative

    By Srdja Trifkovic | May 23, 2011
    The most significant aspect of President Obama’s speech on the Middle East (May 19) is the absence of a plan to revive the “Peace Process.” The passing storm over his statements regarding the 1967 borders notwithstanding, it is already evident that there will be no new initiatives in the months to come.
  • Pakistan: The Problem, the Solution

    By Srdja Trifkovic | May 09, 2011
    The most significant fact to emerge from the killing of Osama Bin Laden is that Pakistan’s military intelligence service (ISI) had been sheltering him for years. This confirms what we have been warning for the best part of the past decade: that Pakistan is an irredeemably flawed entity, unable to turn itself into a stable polity or a benign global presence. It needs to be quarantined and its disintegration along its many ethnic-tribal fault lines actively encouraged.
  • An Orthodox Muslim: Bin Laden's Theology and Terrorism

    By Srdja Trifkovic | May 05, 2011
    One annoying old canard, reinserted into the mainstream media reporting of Osama Bin Laden’s death, is the claim that his theology represents a radical break with traditional Islam. The usual propagandists and apologists for “normative Islam”—peaceful and tolerant, and totally at odds with terrorist violence—are back peddling their old wares.
  • The Coming Bin Laden Conspiracy Theory

    By Srdja Trifkovic | May 02, 2011
    The killing of OBL is a significant event politically and psychologically. It will not have any detrimental impact on the operations of Al-Qa’eda, however, because that amorphous group does not need a leader and has not had a centralized command-and-control structure for a decade. We should not expect a single retaliatory terrorist assault by “Al-Qa’eda.”
  • Syria: Nowhere Near Regime Change

    By Srdja Trifkovic | April 28, 2011
    “Unrest in Syria has discomforted rather than shaken the regime of Bashir Al-Assad,” I wrote in the May issue of Chronicles (Cultural Revolutions, p. 6). “On current form it is an even bet that he will survive, which is preferable to any likely alternative.” The violence has become far worse since the editorial was written in mid-March and the regime looks somewhat shaken by now, but the overall conclusion still stands.
  • Croatian Generals Sentenced at The Hague

    By Srdja Trifkovic | April 21, 2011
    Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Zagreb and other Croatian cities over the past week to protest the conviction of two Croatian generals by the UN war-crimes tribunal in The Hague. The ICTY sentenced Ante Gotovina to 24 years in jail and Mladen Markac to 18 years for their role in the August 1995 Operation Storm, which resulted in the exodus of up to a quarter of a million Krajina Serbs.
  • "Srebrenica" and the Power of Reason

    By Srdja Trifkovic | April 15, 2011
    “Truth and reason are eternal,” Thomas Jefferson wrote to Rev. Samuel Knox in 1810. “They have prevailed. And they will eternally prevail . . . ” Jefferson was wrong. His belief that “Error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left to combat it” was naive. As Patrick J. Buchanan proves in a passing reference in his otherwise sound latest column, even men of generally sound understanding and good intentions end up the victims of the disinformation campaigns that pass for media reporting.
  • The Liberal Hawks’ Neoconservative Allies

    By Srdja Trifkovic | April 10, 2011
    The problem with President Barack Obama’s foreign policy is not that it is "too pragmatic," as recently alleged. The problem is that Obama combines the broad ideological assumptions of liberal interventionists with a leadership style that allows people more doctrinaire than he to dominate the internal debate and decision-making process. Libya is the product of his disinclination to reject interventionism in principle, and his simultaneous inability to oppose the liberal hawks in practice.
  • The Libyan Stalemate

    By Srdja Trifkovic | April 08, 2011
    The Libyan operation is being quietly aborted, barely three weeks after its ill-conceived onset. There will be no mission creep, no American boots on the ground, and no arming and training of the rebel forces.
  • Europe’s Uncrowned Leader

    By Srdja Trifkovic | March 18, 2011
    “Total German triumph as EU minnows subjugated,” The Daily Telegraph headlines a report by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s latest diktat. Whoever wants credit must fulfill our conditions, she declared. Her conditions amount to capitulation by three vulnerable states on core policies, and further erosion of sovereignty for the rest of the eurozone.
  • Barred From Canada: An Update

    By Srdja Trifkovic | March 17, 2011
    On March 3 Ambassador James Bissett had a letter published in Alberta’s premier daily, the Edmonton Journal, taking issue with an “assistant adjunct” professor [sic!] at the University of Alberta who had voiced support for the cancellation of my lectures at UBC and UofA because of my “denial of genocide” at Srebrenica.
  • The King Hearings: Necessary in Principle, Unlikely To Provide Answers in Practice

    By Srdja Trifkovic | March 10, 2011
    Rep. Peter King (R-NY) chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, started his congressional hearing on Islamic radicalization Thursday amidst accusations of "Islamophobia" from the Sharia activists and expressions of distaste from most Democrats.
  • Blowback: "Kosovars" Strike Again

    By Srdja Trifkovic | March 03, 2011
    The jihadist murder of two American servicemen by a “Kosovar”-Albanian Muslim at Frankfurt Airport on March 2 combines the fruits of the United States’ criminally misguided Balkan policy over the past two decades and of Europe’s suicidal immigration policy since the 1960’s.
  • Banned From Canadistan

    By Srdja Trifkovic | February 25, 2011
    On Thursday, February 24, I was denied entry to Canada. After six hours’ detention and sporadic interrogation at Vancouver airport I was escorted to the next flight to Seattle.
  • The Tragedy of American Education

    By Srdja Trifkovic | February 15, 2011
    Robert E. Holloway is a high school teacher in suburban Northern Virginia. He is probably considered a decent man by his neighbors, a competent educator by his peers, and a figure of some authority by his students. He is the embodiment of much that is wrong with this country’s education system, however: a bigot, a genocide denier, and a disseminator of falsehoods.
  • Egypt: Steady As She Goes

    By Srdja Trifkovic | February 11, 2011
    Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman has announced that President Hosni Mubarak was stepping down from the office of president of the republic “and has charged the high council of the armed forces to administer the affairs of the country.” In other words, the Army has taken over. This is the least bad outcome on offer right now, and certainly not the one suggested by President Obama, Vice President Biden, or the Department of State over the past few days.
  • Beware the Neocon Advocacy of Egyptian Democracy

    By Srdja Trifkovic | February 09, 2011
    It is essential to take William (“Bill”) Kristol seriously. He has been so utterly wrong on so many things (America’s ability to run the world, NATO, Turkey, the Balkans, Chechnya, Iraq, Sarah Palin, Russia, Iran, Georgia, John McCain, missile defense . . . ) that his pronouncements merit respect. Being consistently wrong—in the fleeting guise of things measurably empirical, that is—they contain a deeper wisdom.
  • Egypt: The Realist Scenario

    By Srdja Trifkovic | February 07, 2011
    The image of the “democratic revolution” in Egypt, as constructed by the mainstream media in North America and Europe over the past two weeks, evokes the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe in 1989. The BBC World Service, NPR and other Western media outlets bring us young, articulate, lightly-accented demonstrators who talk of democracy, freedom, human rights and the rule of law.
  • Barack Obama’s Reassuringly Vacuous State of the Union Address

    By Srdja Trifkovic | January 26, 2011
    President Barack Obama’s second State of the Union Address was almost entirely focused on domestic issues. This was appropriate considering the magnitude of social, economic and moral problems America is facing, and the attendant absurdity of pursuing grand global themes for as long as those problems remain unresolved.
  • Joseph Lieberman's Long Overdue Departure

    By Srdja Trifkovic | January 20, 2011
    Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, Al Gore’s vice-presidential candidate in 2000 who subsequently broke away from the Democratic Party and won reelection as an independent in 2006, has announced that he will not seek reelection when his fourth term expires next year.
  • Bloodshed in Egypt

    By Srdja Trifkovic | January 04, 2011
    The murder of 21 Christians in a New Year’s Day bomb attack in Alexandria will accelerate the ongoing exodus of the Coptic community from Egypt. Its members know that they are second-class citizens. After some three-dozen attacks over the past three decades, resulting in three hundred Christian deaths, they know that the government is both unable and unwilling to protect them. They know that the usual expressions of regret by Muslim clerics and politicians are pure hypocrisy and taqiyya.
  • Belarus: Still No Country For Sold Men

    By Srdja Trifkovic | December 21, 2010
    Alexander Lukashenko has won the fourth presidential election in Belarus, taking 79 percent of votes cast in the turnout of over 90 percent, according to official figures. The opposition staged a protest rally in the central square in Minsk after polling stations had closed on Sunday, claiming that the election was stolen.
  • Kosovo’s Thaçi: Human Organs Trafficker

    By Srdja Trifkovic | December 16, 2010
    The details of an elaborate KLA-run human organ harvesting ring, broadly known for years, have been confirmed by a Council of Europe report published on January 15.
  • Richard Holbrooke: An American Diplomat

    By Srdja Trifkovic | December 15, 2010
    A few hours before Richard Holbrooke’s death last Monday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a group of America’s top diplomats gathered at the State Department for a Christmas party that he was “practically synonymous with American foreign policy.” Her assessment is correct: Richard Holbrooke’s career embodies some of the least attractive traits of contemporary American diplomacy.
  • WikiLeaks: British Secret Service Enabled Litvinenko’s Murder?

    By Srdja Trifkovic | December 13, 2010
    WikiLeaks documents reveal that Russian operatives may have been tracking the assassins of rogue intelligence officer Alexander Litvinenko well before he was poisoned in London in November 2006. The agents apparently wanted to prevent his murder not because they cared for him, which they did not, but because they knew that Moscow would be blamed for the deed.
  • WikiLeaks Latest: A Minefield in Eastern Europe

    By Srdja Trifkovic | December 09, 2010
    An interesting batch of WikiLeaks documents—probably the most disquieting to date—was published by the Guardian earlier this week. Some concern the decision, made by NATO’s Military Committee less than a year ago, “to expand the NATO Contingency Plan for Poland, Eagle Guardian, to include the defense and reinforcement of the Baltic States.”
  • WikiLeaks, 1941

    By Srdja Trifkovic | December 07, 2010
    Over two thousand four hundred American sailors, soldiers and airmen were killed in Pearl Harbor 69 years ago today. Had we had an equivalent of WikiLeaks back in 1941, however, the course of history could have been very different. FDR would have found it much more difficult to maneuvre the country into being attacked in the Pacific in order to enable him to fight the war in Europe, which had been his ardent desire all along. One leak—just one!—almost torpedoed Roosevelt’s grand design.
  • Moldovan Elections: A Deadlock on Europe’s Periphery

    By Srdja Trifkovic | December 02, 2010
    Occupying some two thirds of the old czarist province of Bessarabia, with the rivers Dniester to the east and Prut to the west, the Republic of Moldova is a small, poor, landlocked state. Its parliamentary election, held on November 28, should have been irrelevant to anyone except the faraway country’s three and a half million people, of whom we know but little. There is more than meets the eye, however.
  • Time To Leave Korea

    By Srdja Trifkovic | November 23, 2010
    North Korea’s artillery attack on a South Korean island on Tuesday was the latest in a series of Pyongyang’s aggressive moves over the past year and a half. They started with ballistic missile tests in April of last year, soon followed by a nuclear test in May. Kim Jong Il upped the ante last March with the sinking of a South Korean corvette, the Cheonan, with the loss of 46 lives.
  • Euro-Zone Rescue: Rising Tide of Opposition in Germany

    By Srdja Trifkovic | November 22, 2010
    On November 21 Ireland formally applied for a rescue package worth $90 billion, having failed to control its financial crisis with austerity measures and strict budgetary planning. European Union officials quickly agreed to the request, which follows an agreement negotiated last week in Dublin by a joint EU and IMF team. They hope that the Irish rescue will reassure investors and prevent the crisis from spreading to Portugal and perhaps even Spain.
  • Europe in Crisis, Yet Again

    By Srdja Trifkovic | November 18, 2010
    Alarming newspaper headlines greeted me at London’s Heathrow Airport on my arrival from the Balkans yesterday. The Daily Mail led with the EU President’s warning that “Ireland’s debt crisis could kill the European Union stone-dead.” The Independent’s front page (“Ghost estates and broken lives: the human cost of the Irish crash”) was accompanied by a photo that could have been made in Soweto. “EU left ‘fighting for survival,’” announced the Telegraph.
  • Ukraine: Yulia's Breath of Stale Air

    By Srdja Trifkovic | November 08, 2010
    According to a seasoned observer of Moscow’s political scene, the Russian political class cringed last Wednesday morning on learning that Obama had suffered a humiliating political defeat. The Russian leaders don’t think much of Obama personally, but they are worried over what the Republican control of the House might mean for the fledgling “reset” in US-Russian relations—the solitary foreign policy success of the Obama administration.
  • Eastern Europe Versus the Open Society

    By Srdja Trifkovic | October 25, 2010
    Two weeks ago the first “gay pride parade” was staged in Belgrade. Serbia’s “pro-European” government had been promoting the event as yet another proof that Serbia is fit to join the European Union, that is has overcome the legacy of its dark, intolerant past.
  • Ground Zero Mosque: Correcting the Non-Debate

    By Srdja Trifkovic | October 22, 2010
    Two sets of fallacies have dominated the mainstream debate about the Ground Zero mosque—and before we go any further, let’s get this straight: it is a mosque, frantic insistence by the Qusling elite to use one euphemistic misnomer or another notwithstanding.
  • An Ambiguous Victory for Wilders

    By Srdja Trifkovic | October 15, 2010
    The news just in that Dutch prosecutors have changed their mind about prosecuting Geert Wilders for the Orwellian crime of “discriminating against Muslims” and “inciting hatred” is prima facie a victory for free speech and all that. In fact it is not nearly as good as it may seem.
  • Hillary Clinton's Ongoing Bosnian Fixation

    By Srdja Trifkovic | October 12, 2010
    Mrs. Clinton’s performance amounted to yet another coded demand for the abolition of the Republika Srpska, the autonomous Serb republic covering 49% of Bosnia—and the assertion of Muslim (“Bosniak”) dominance in a “reformed” (that is, unitarized) Bosnia-Herzegovina.
  • Pernicious Myth of "Free Trade"

    By Srdja Trifkovic | October 11, 2010
    In the last week of September the House of Representatives passed legislation aimed at imposing trade sanctions against China unless it lets its currency appreciate, thereby reducing its export advantage. In a subsequent speech clearly aimed at China, Japan and Brazil, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner attacked currency policies likely to result in “short-term distortions in favor of exports.” In the meantime the U.S. dollar has hit a record low against most major currencies.
  • Serbia Humiliated

    By Srdja Trifkovic | October 05, 2010
    On October 5, 2000, in an almost bloodless coup by the security forces staged against the backdrop of massive street protests, Slobodan Milosevic was removed from power in Serbia. Ten years later, many of those who cheered his downfall then (this author included) have nothing to celebrate.
  • Joe Sobran’s Timeless Lesson on America’s Role in the World

    By Srdja Trifkovic | October 01, 2010
    Joe Sobran’s considered verdict was simple: American foreign policy is not conducted in the national interest, and it is an insult to the intelligence of its people.
  • Iran: The Score, the Options

    By Srdja Trifkovic | October 01, 2010
    In recent weeks the proponents of an American war against Iran have been getting impatient with President Obama’s apparent unwillingness to get with the program. Joe Lieberman, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman, and Howard Berman, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, now press the President to impose a short time limit on the effectiveness of the most recent set of sanctions imposed on Iran.
  • Bill Clinton and the Ground Zero Mosque: A Perfect Fit

    By Srdja Trifkovic | September 23, 2010
    Former President Bill Clinton declared his strong support for the Ground Zero mosque in an interview broadcast on September 12. He also suggested a clever new spin to the promoters of the project. Much or even most of the controversy, he said, “could have been avoided, and perhaps still can be, if the people who want to build the center were to simply say, We are dedicating this center to all the Muslims who were killed on 9/11.”
  • The Worst GOP Candidate In History

    By Srdja Trifkovic | September 20, 2010
    “Conservative” Joseph DioGuardi’s “sensational” election as the GOP Senate candidate in New York has shaken up the Republican Party, gloats the Tropoja-based Albanian Minerals President M. Mujaj. What Mr. Mujaj does not mention is that former Congressman DioGuardi is the founder and well endowed president of the Albanian American Civic League, a lobby group for the KLA-run “independent” province of “Kosova.”
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