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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 Condemns Turkey’s Cancellation of Religious Service Commemorating Virgin Mary
Written by Staff Monday, 15 August 2016 00:00

AHI Condemns Turkey’s Cancellation of Religious Service Commemorating Virgin Mary

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) condemns the recent decision by the Turkish government to not allow services to take place at the historical Greek Orthodox monastery, Panayia Soumela, in Trabzon, Turkey on August 15, the feast day of the Virgin Mary.

 
AHI Sends Letter to Head of NBCUniversal, On-air Retraction Requested
Written by Staff Friday, 12 August 2016 00:00

AHI Sends Letter to Head of NBCUniversal, On-air Retraction Requested

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) sent a letter to NBCUniversal CEO Stephen Burke requesting the network to issue an on-air retraction because of the historical inaccuracies reported by its commentators during the Opening Ceremony of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad held August 5, 2016.  The August 10 letter also raised the geopolitical implications of NBC’s reference of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) as “Macedonia” during its coverage.

 
AHI President Honored by Community of Glossa, Skopelos, Greece
Written by Staff Thursday, 11 August 2016 00:00

Nick Larigakis receiving award in Skopelos.Larigakis receiving his award.AHI President Honored by Community of Glossa, Skopelos, Greece

WASHINGTON, DC —The Worldwide Association of Glossa Descendants honored American Hellenic Institute (AHI) President Nick Larigakis for his distinguished work around the world as AHI president on behalf of the Greek Diaspora, at “ARAMIS” Taverna, in Loutraki, Skopelos, August 5, 2016.

 
AHI Appalled by NBC’s Olympics Opening Ceremony Reporting of Historical Inaccuracies, Recognition of FYROM as “Macedonia”
Written by Staff Tuesday, 09 August 2016 00:00

AHI Appalled by NBC’s Olympics Opening Ceremony Reporting of Historical Inaccuracies, Recognition of FYROM as “Macedonia”

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) is outraged at NBC as its commentators—Matt Lauer, Hoda Kotb and Meredith Vieira—linked Philip II of Macedon and Alexander the Great to the nation of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) during its coverage of the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on Friday, August 5, 2016. Furthermore, AHI is disappointed that NBC chose to recognize FYROM as “Macedonia” during its coverage.

 
AHI Board Member Addresses Nicosia Ceremony Marking 42nd Anniversary of Turkish Invasion of Cyprus
Written by Staff Thursday, 28 July 2016 00:00

AHI Board Member Addresses Nicosia Ceremony Marking 42nd Anniversary of Turkish Invasion of Cyprus

WASHINGTON, DC — American Hellenic Institute (AHI) Board Member, and AHI Foundation Fellow, Dr. Van Coufoudakis addressed a commemorative ceremony for the 42nd anniversary of the Turkish invasion and continuing occupation of 37 percent of the Republic of Cyprus, July 18, 2016. The ceremony took place near the Ledra Palace crossing in Lefkosia.

 
AHI Organizes Third Greek Heritage Night at Phillies Game
Written by Staff Thursday, 09 June 2016 00:00

01AHI Organizes Third Greek Heritage Night at Phillies Game

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WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute organized its Third Annual Greek Heritage Night held in cooperation with Major League Baseball's Philadelphia Phillies, June 2, 2016, at Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pa.  Approximately 700 persons from the Tri-State Philadelphia area were in attendance to see the Philadelphia Phillies take on the Milwaukee Brewers.