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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.

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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 Commends Pope Francis’ Recognition of Armenian Genocide
Written by Staff Thursday, 16 April 2015 00:00

AHI Commends Pope Francis’ Recognition of Armenian Genocide

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) commends Pope Francis for calling the slaughter of Armenians by Ottoman Turks the first genocide of the 20th century during Mass held April 12, 2015.  

According to the New York Times, “Francis said it was a duty of everyone not to forget the ‘senseless slaughter’ of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Turks from 1915 to 1923.” 

“We commend Pope Francis for demonstrating leadership by publically recognizing the Armenian Genocide as genocide,” AHI President Nick Larigakis said. “We call on the United States government to follow the pope’s lead and to describe and recognize the killing of 1.5 Armenians by the Ottoman Turks as genocide.”

 
AHI Hosts 40th Anniversary Hellenic Heritage Achievement and National Public Service Awards Dinner
Written by Staff Wednesday, 15 April 2015 00:00

40th Anniversary HonoreesAHI Hosts 40th Anniversary Hellenic Heritage Achievement and National Public Service Awards Dinner

Weekend Events Include Briefing with Greek, Cypriot Ambassadors

WASHINGTON, DC—The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) hosted its 40th Anniversary Hellenic Heritage Achievement and Public Service Awards Dinner, March 14, 2015, Capital Hilton, Washington, D.C. 

AHI honored a distinguished set of awardees based upon their important career achievements and contributions to the Greek American community or community at-large.  They were:

  • Gene T. Rossides, AHI Founder, with the first-ever “AHI Hellenic Heritage Lifetime Achievement Award;”
  • Ted G. Spyropoulos (posthumously), Businessman, Philanthropist, and Champion of Hellenism;
  • George Lois, Art Director, Designer, and Author, and 
  • Aris Melissaratos, Businessman and Philanthropist. 

In addition, a special award presentation was made on the 100th Anniversary of his birth and on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the movie, “Zorba the Greek,” posthumously, to Actor Anthony Quinn. Katherine Quinn, wife of the late actor, accepted the award.

 
AHI President Larigakis, Prime Minister Tsipras Meet in Athens
Written by Staff Tuesday, 14 April 2015 00:00

AHI President Larigakis, Prime Minister Tsipras Meet in Athens

WASHINGTON, DC— American Hellenic Institute (AHI) President Nick Larigakis recently completed a three-day visit to Athens, Greece where he met with top officials of the Greek government, including Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, April 4, 2015.

“I thank Prime Minister Tsipras for taking the time from his busy agenda, especially over the weekend, for a substantive discussion on issues of importance to the relationship between longtime allies, the United States and Greece,” Larigakis said. “Greece continues to face many challenges domestically and abroad. AHI looks forward to working with the Greek government to help address these challenges from the perspective of meeting our mission of strengthening relations between the United States and Greece.”

 
AHI Forum Examines Greece’s Tourism Industry
Written by Staff Thursday, 09 April 2015 00:00

AHI Forum Examines Greece’s Tourism Industry

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) hosted a noon forum titled, “The Myths and Realities of Greece as a Tourism and Conference Destination,” featuring Tim Ananiades, area manager, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Greece/Cyprus/Balkans and managing director, Hotels Grande Bretagne and King George, April 1, 2015, at AHI’s Hellenic House.  

“As the tourism season is upon us, the importance of the industry to Greece cannot be underscored enough, especially as Greece battles through an economic crisis,” AHI President Nick Larigakis said.  “According to the UN World Tourism Organization, an estimated 18 million international tourists visited Greece in 2013, and according to the World Travel and Tourism Council, travel and tourism contributed 28.3 billion euros to the Greek economy in 2013, or 16.3 percent of gross domestic product, which contributes to job growth.”

 
Indiana Senator Lifts Hold on Greek Independence Day Resolution; Commends Community’s Collective Work
Written by Staff Friday, 27 March 2015 00:00

Indiana Senator Lifts Hold on Greek Independence Day Resolution; Commends Community’s Collective Work

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) is pleased U.S. Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN) lifted his hold yesterday on S.Res.105, a resolution recognizing the 194th anniversary of the independence of Greece and celebrating democracy in Greece and the United States, after receiving a letter of clarification from Ambassador of Greece to the United States Christos Panagopoulos. The senator placed a hold on the resolution based upon comments made by Greece’s Minister of Defense Panos Kammenos that kept it from advancing. However, after Senator Coats lifted his hold, the resolution, which was sponsored by U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), passed by unanimous consent on March 27, 2015, with 28 co-sponsors.

“We congratulate the entire Greek American community for coming together to advance the resolution,” AHI President Nick Larigakis said.  “It is important to recognize just what can be accomplished for the advancement of U.S.-Greece relations and interests when we work together.”

 
AHI Urges Indiana Senator to Lift Hold on Greek Independence Day Resolution; Calls on Community to Take Action
Written by Staff Wednesday, 25 March 2015 12:00

AHI Urges Indiana Senator to Lift Hold on Greek Independence Day Resolution; Calls on Community to Take Action

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) sent a letter today to U.S. Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN) expressing disappointment that the senator is placing a hold on S.Res.105, a resolution recognizing the 194th anniversary of the independence of Greece and celebrating democracy in Greece and the United States, keeping the U.S. Senate from passing the resolution. The senator is holding the resolution based upon comments made by Greece’s Minister of Defense Panos Kammenos. 

“We are extremely disappointed that Senator Dan Coats has taken such drastic action to express concern about the minister’s flippant comment,” AHI President Nick Larigakis said.  “Greece’s contributions to the security interests of both the United States and NATO are quite clear and evident.  Our letter details Greece’s unwavering commitment to United States security policy and should alleviate any concern the senator has about it.”

Larigakis added, “We urge the Greek American community to contact Senator Coats today and urge him to let S.Res.105 pass.”