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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 Hosts Annual Congressional Salute to Greek Independence Day
Written by Staff Friday, 24 April 2015 00:00

AHI Hosts Annual Congressional Salute to Greek Independence Day

WASHINGTON, DC—The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) celebrated the 194th anniversary of Greek Independence Day by hosting its annual “Congressional Salute to Greek Independence Day,” on April 15, 2015. The common democratic ideals held by Greece and the United States were reaffirmed by several members of Congress at the event which was held in cooperation with the co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, U.S. Reps. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY). 

AHI President Nick Larigakis served as Master of Ceremonies. He welcomed the guests and thanked Representatives Bilirakis and Maloney for their support to organize the reception and for their ongoing efforts to promote Greek American issues in the U.S. Congress.

 
AHI Releases Annual Policy Statements; Positions Advocate for the Rule of Law
Written by Staff Wednesday, 22 April 2015 00:00

AHI Releases Annual Policy Statements; Positions Advocate for the Rule of Law

Policy Statements CoverWASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) announced the release of its updated Policy Statements today.  The policy statements discuss issues affecting the Greek American community as they pertain to United States relations with Greece, Cyprus, and Turkey. In addition, the statements include in its appendices AHI’s fact sheet detailing Greece’s contributions to United States interests in the eastern Mediterranean and to NATO and other resources, including full-length statements from government officials.

“We strongly urge everyone to utilize the policy statements to their full potential, educating policymakers and creating awareness of the issues to the community at-large,” AHI President Nick Larigakis said.  “The positions presented advocate for the application of the rule of law and are in the best interests of the United States.  We also sincerely thank the large number of organizations that have endorsed the policy statements.”

 
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.”