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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 Issues Statement on 41st Anniversary of Invasion of Cyprus, Expresses Cautious Optimism on Current Settlement Talks
Written by Staff Monday, 20 July 2015 00:00

AHI Issues Statement on 41st Anniversary of Invasion of Cyprus, Expresses Cautious Optimism on Current Settlement Talks

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) remembers the solemn 41st anniversary of NATO member Turkey’s brutal invasion of the Republic of Cyprus, a member of the European Union.

 
AHI condemns Egregious Violation of Greek air space by Turkey
Written by Staff Thursday, 16 July 2015 00:00

AHI condemns Egregious Violation of Greek air space by Turkey

Calls on the U.S., NATO, and EU to Issue Strong Condemnation

WASHINGTON, DC–The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) condemns the egregious violation of Greek airspace by six Turkish fighter jets on July 15, 2015. According to Kathimerini, the formation carried out a total of 20 transgressions which led to one dogfight as two of the aircraft were armed. Greek aircraft chased off the Turkish jets.

 
AHI-sponsored Greek Heritage Night at Phillies Game a Home Run
Written by Staff Tuesday, 14 July 2015 00:00

AHI-sponsored Greek Heritage Night at Phillies Game a Home Run

AHI President Throws Out First Pitch

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute-organized Second Annual Greek Heritage Night held in cooperation with Major League Baseball's Philadelphia Phillies, June 17, 2015, at Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pa., was a tremendous success. Approximately 700 persons attended from the Tri-State Philadelphia area and Baltimore to see the Philadelphia Phillies take on the Baltimore Orioles.

 
Recent Administration Effort on Greece Appreciated, More Would Be Welcomed
Written by Staff Friday, 10 July 2015 00:00

Recent Administration Effort on Greece Appreciated, More Would Be Welcomed 

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) applauds the recent efforts of the Obama Administration to address Greece’s debt crisis, but would welcome more tangible actions.

“We appreciate the recent active participation of President Barack Obama and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew as evidenced by public statements this week,” AHI President Nick Larigakis said.  “However, we would also welcome more tangible acts from the administration through certain federal agencies that can offer financial aid packages or initiatives that would increase investment and growth in Greece. 

 
AHI President, Legal Counsel Interviewed on Greece’s Debt Crisis, Referendum Vote
Written by Staff Tuesday, 07 July 2015 00:00

AHI President, Legal Counsel Interviewed on Greece’s Debt Crisis, Referendum Vote 

Larigakis Speaks with Chinese TV, Karambelas Appears on NPR 

WASHINGTON, DC—American Hellenic Institute (AHI) representatives appeared in separate interviews to discuss Greece’s debt crisis and the ramifications of the Greek referendum vote, which took place July 5, 2015. AHI President Nick Larigakis participated on a three-person interview panel held by China Central Television (CCTV) America and Nicholas G. Karambelas, Esq., AHI volunteer legal counsel, and partner, Sfikas & Karambelas LLP, appeared on National Public Radio’s “The Diane Rehm Show,” which aired on WAMU 88.5 FM in Washington, DC, as part of a four-person panel. Both interviews occurred July 6, 2015.

 
AHI Legal Counsel Appears on NPR’s “The Diane Rehm Show” to Discuss Greece’s Debt Crisis
Written by Staff Wednesday, 24 June 2015 00:00

AHI Legal Counsel Appears on NPR’s “The Diane Rehm Show” to Discuss Greece’s Debt Crisis

Karambelas: Greece a symptom, not a cause, of Euro crisis

WASHINGTON, DC —Nicholas G. Karambelas, Esq., volunteer legal counsel, American Hellenic Institute (AHI), and partner, Sfikas & Karambelas LLP, appeared on National Public Radio’s “The Diane Rehm Show,” June 23, 2015, to discuss “The Greek Debt Crisis and the Threat to the Eurozone.”  The show aired on WAMU 88.5 FM in Washington, DC. 

 
AHI Founder Honored by American Hellenic Council of California
Written by Staff Wednesday, 06 May 2015 00:00

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WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Council of California honored American Hellenic Institute (AHI) Founder Eugene T. Rossides at its 40th Annual Honors Dinner Dance, April 25, 2015, Los Angeles.

“I am deeply grateful for this wonderful honor from the American Hellenic Council of California, which has done so much to help Greek Americans advocate in California,” AHI Founder Rossides said. “It’s also humbling to be honored among a distinguished group of accomplished Hellenes.”

 
AHI Conducts Annual Trip to Greece, Cyprus
Written by Staff Thursday, 18 June 2015 00:00

2015pr33-smallAHI Conducts Annual Trip to Greece, Cyprus

11th Athens Awards Dinner Held

WASHINGTON, DC —A delegation from the American Hellenic Institute (AHI) successfully completed the organization’s annual leadership trip to Greece and Cyprus where it held substantive meetings with high-ranking government, religious, and political officials with the purpose of strengthening relations and addressing issues of mutual concern. The 10-day trip occurred May 18 to 28, 2015.