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AHI offers several exciting programs throughout the year. Each spring, AHI’s gala “Hellenic Heritage Achievement and National Public Service Awards Dinner” honors the best and brightest in the Greek American community; in the fall we hold a conference on “The Future of Hellenism in America," held each year at different cities around the country; and in the summer the “College Student Foreign Policy Study Trip to Greece and Cyprus” a two-week trip to Washington, DC, Greece and Cyprus college students have the opportunity to see and experience first hand foreign policy issues affecting US-Greece-Cyprus relations.

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AHI’s members care deeply about the United States’ relationship with Greece and Cyprus and their neighbors. Following Pericles’s admonition that good citizenship requires involvement in public affairs, we recognize the important role played in a vibrant democracy by alert and engaged citizens.

Policy Statement

Each year, AHI initiates congressional legislation, issues policy statements, and serves as an effective watchdog on issues affecting U.S. relations in Southeastern Europe. Key issues have included ending the illegal occupation of Cyprus, the treatment of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, aggression in the Aegean Sea, and the U.S.’s response to the dispute between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) over the latter nation’s name.

AHI Applauds Senator Menendez’s Floor Speech; Calls on Turkey to Withdraw from Cyprus’ EEZ
Written by Staff Wednesday, 17 December 2014 00:00

AHI Applauds Senator Menendez’s Floor Speech; Calls on Turkey to Withdraw from Cyprus’ EEZ

Robert MenendezSenator Robert Menendez (D-NJ)WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) applauds Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), for his December 16, 2014 speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate that lambasted Turkey for its incursion into the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Republic of Cyprus and for its “bullying tactics” which has led to a breakdown in settlement talks. Sen. Menendez, who chairs the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, also criticized President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for his recent anti-Western rhetoric.

Sen. Menendez stated: “Mr. President, there is no doubt in my mind that Turkey’s actions have endangered peace talks between the Greek and Turkish Cypriots that began in February with a joint-communique issued by the two communities. That communique committed to finding a durable solution based on a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation with political equality. But, because of Turkey’s bullying tactics, peace talks are now on hold.

 
AHI Welcomes University of Pireas Student Group, Former MEP Candidate to Hellenic House
Written by Staff Tuesday, 16 December 2014 00:00

AHI Welcomes University of Pireas Student Group, Former MEP Candidate to Hellenic House

picWASHINGTON, DC —The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) welcomed visitors to Hellenic House on two occasions in November. 

AHI hosted a student group from the University of Pireas on its inaugural trip to Washington, D.C., November 17. The group consisted of graduate students studying political science, international relations and other related fields. The group visits the United States annually, usually to New York City. However this was the group’s first trip to Washington to attend the Conference on Critical Issues in the Eastern Mediterranean co-organized by the University of Pireas, the Begin-Sadat Center, and the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. AHI President Nick Larigakis reviewed the role AHI plays in Washington as well as the challenges Greece faces in meeting its policy goals in Washington.

 
AHI Welcomes Greece’s Top Military Official to Hellenic House
Written by Staff Friday, 14 November 2014 00:00

AHI Welcomes Greece’s Top Military Official to Hellenic House

WASHINGTON, DC —The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) hosted Lt. Gen. Christos Manolas, Chief of the Hellenic Army General Staff, at Hellenic House, November 4, 2014.

“We were honored to welcome Lieutenant General Manolas and his delegation to Hellenic House,” AHI President Nick Larigakis said. “We thank them for taking time from their busy itinerary in Washington to discuss the vital security relationship between the United States and Greece, two longtime NATO allies, with us.”

 
AHI Founder Awarded Cypriot Parliament’s Highest Honor During Book Tour of Cyprus, Greece
Written by Staff Wednesday, 12 November 2014 10:00

AHI Founder Awarded Cypriot Parliament’s Highest Honor During Book Tour of Cyprus, Greece 

01WASHINGTON, DC — American Hellenic Institute Founder Eugene T. Rossides received the highest honor bestowed upon an individual by the Republic of Cyprus House of Representatives, Oct. 8, 2014.  President of the House of Representatives Yiannakis Omirou presented a medal to Rossides as a token of our gratitude for a lifetime of dedication to Cyprus and its cause.

“As the protagonist in convincing the U.S. Congress to impose an arms embargo on Turkey following the 1974 Turkish invasion and occupation of Cyprus and as the frontrunner in the fight in Congress to uphold the rule of law in American foreign policy, Mr. Rossides has proved an important asset for Cyprus and Greece, but also to the United States,” Omirou said. “His untiring advocacy for human rights, the rule of law and democratic principles make him a cross-border precious role model for generations to come.”

 
AHI Addresses Eastern Mediterranean Tensions with Obama Administration Officials
Written by Staff Wednesday, 12 November 2014 00:00

AHI Addresses Eastern Mediterranean Tensions with Obama Administration Officials

WASHINGTON, DC —The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) is working to address the recent actions taken by Turkey that have raised tensions in the eastern Mediterranean with officials of the Obama Administration.  

Following-up on an October 24 letter sent to Vice President Joe Biden about Turkey’s provocations in the eastern Mediterranean, AHI President Nick Larigakis met with Dr. Michael Carpenter, special advisor for Europe and Eurasia, Office of the Vice President and William Tuttle, director for Turkish, Greek and Cypriot Affairs, National Security Council, at the White House, November 4, 2014.

 
Record Number of Golfers Compete at AHI’s Annual Golf Classic; Panel Discussion on Sports Held
Written by Staff Tuesday, 28 October 2014 00:00

Record Number of Golfers Compete at AHI’s Annual Golf Classic; Panel Discussion on Sports Held

WASHINGTON, DC — On October 20, 2014, the American Hellenic Institute (AHI) hosted its Eleventh Annual Golf Classic at Belle Haven Country Club in Alexandria, Va.  A record number 64 golfers participated. Celebrity appearances were made by Larry Michael, Voice of the Washington Redskins, Christine Brennan, journalist, USA Today, and John Brazer, director of Publicity, Philadelphia Phillies, who appeared at a morning sports panel to discuss current events and issues affecting the sporting world. The Tournament Sponsor was Calamos Investments.