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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.

Parapolitika: AHI President is “Our Man in Washington”
Written by Staff Wednesday, 13 May 2015 00:00

Parapolitika: AHI President is “Our Man in Washington”

WASHINGTON, DC — Parapolitika newspaper profiled American Hellenic Institute (AHI) President Nick Larigakis, calling him “Our Man in Washington” and “an influential figure in the Greek-American community” in an April 25, 2015 news report that picked-up on President Larigakis’ visit to Athens in early April. The news report also describes AHI as always having been “one of the most important Greek-American organizations, with great influence on the other side of the Atlantic.” 

 
AHI Welcomes Bipartisan Policy Center’s Report on Turkey as Undependable Ally
Written by Staff Thursday, 07 May 2015 00:00

AHI Welcomes Bipartisan Policy Center’s Report on Turkey as Undependable Ally

However Report Lacks Focus on Cyprus Issue

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) welcomes a report published April 2015 by the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Turkey Task Force titled, “Turkey: An Increasingly Undependable Ally.” The BPC’s Turkey Task Force is co-chaired by Ambassador Morton Abramowitz, former U.S. ambassador to Turkey; and Ambassador Eric Edelman, former U.S. ambassador to Turkey.

“We welcome the report published by the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Turkey Task Force,” AHI President Nick Larigakis said. “It draws much-needed added attention and facts to a theme that we have been communicating in Washington via our policy statements and that is Turkey’s unreliability as an ally of the United States. However, we are disappointed the report lacks focus on core issues of the Greek American community, especially with regard to Turkey’s illegal invasion and subsequent forty-year occupation of the Republic of Cyprus.”

 
AHI President Submits Rebuttal to Turkish Cypriot’s Blog Post
Written by Staff Wednesday, 06 May 2015 12:00

AHI President Submits Rebuttal to Turkish Cypriot’s Blog Post

WASHINGTON, DC — American Hellenic Institute (AHI) President Nick Larigakis submitted a rebuttal to a guest commentary authored by Mr. Mehmet Mustafaoglu that was published May 1, 2015 in the online version of The Hill, a newspaper with a focus on the U.S. Congress. Mr. Mustafaoglu’s commentary, “Cyprus: The volatile and oddly forgotten frozen conflict” appeared in the The Hill’s Congress Blog, a forum for lawmakers and policy professionals.

 
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 Co-sponsors Exhibit on Greek Jewish Resistance during WWII Exhibit Opened April 21, Runs through to May 26, Washington, DC
Written by Staff Tuesday, 05 May 2015 00:00

AHI Co-sponsors Exhibit on Greek Jewish Resistance during WWII Exhibit Opened April 21, Runs through to May 26, Washington, DC

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) has co-sponsored “Synagonistis: Greek Jews in the National Resistance,” an exhibit presented by the Embassy of Greece that tells the story of Greek Jewish resistance during World War II. The exhibition officially opened April 21, 2015 at the Washington Hebrew Congregation, Washington, DC. It runs daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and through to May 26, 2015.

“AHI has always looked to highlight Greece’s role in World War II and particularly in the resistance against the Nazis,” AHI President Nick Larigakis said. “The Greek Jews played one of the most active roles in the fight against Nazi occupation and we are proud to highlight the importance of this fight by helping to support this exhibit. Congratulations to Christos Failadis, press counselor and the Embassy of Greece for organizing such a wonderful event.”

 
AHI Co-hosts Dinner for Greece’s Foreign Minister in Washington
Written by Staff Monday, 04 May 2015 00:00

AHI Co-hosts Dinner for Greece’s Foreign Minister in Washington

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) co-hosted a private dinner in honor of Foreign Minister of Greece Nikos Kotzias, with the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), April 21, 2015, on the occasion of the foreign minister’s visit to Washington, DC.

“We thank Foreign Minister Kotzias for taking the time from his busy agenda in Washington, to join us for an in-depth discussion on issues of importance to the relationship between longtime allies, the United States and Greece,” AHI President Nick Larigakis said. “Greece continues to face many challenges, and we will continue to explore initiatives that will help to strengthen between the United States and Greece.”

 
Monograph Published by Hudson Institute Demonstrates Importance of Eastern Mediterranean
Written by Staff Tuesday, 28 April 2015 00:00

Monograph Published by Hudson Institute Demonstrates Importance of Eastern Mediterranean

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) welcomes a monograph published by the Hudson Institute titled, “U.S. Policy and the Strategic Relationship of Greece, Cyprus, and Israel: Power Shifts in the Eastern Mediterranean” by Seth Cropsey, director, Center for American Seapower. The monograph is the culmination of Hudson Institute’s work on a project centered on research conducted for the past year and a half about security in the eastern Mediterranean, specifically energy security.