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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 Releases Updated Fact Sheet Detailing Greece’s Contributions to U.S. Security Interests, NATO
Written by Ralph Scherer Friday, 27 February 2015 00:00

AHI Releases Updated Fact Sheet Detailing Greece’s Contributions to U.S. Security Interests, NATO

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) announced it has released an update to its 2013 fact sheet that details Greece’s contributions to United States interests in the eastern Mediterranean and to NATO.  The fact sheet is titled, “Greece: Valued Ally. Strategic Partner.” 

 
AHIF is pleased to bring the Spring 2015 Issue of the AHIF Online Policy Journal
Written by Staff Wednesday, 04 February 2015 00:00

AHIF is pleased to bring the Spring 2015 Issue of the AHIF Online Policy Journal

WASHINGTON, DC—The American Hellenic Institute Foundation (AHIF) announces the sixth volume release of its Spring 2015 Online Policy Journal.

“With this issue, we again seek to enhance the quality of American foreign policy regarding the eastern Mediterranean, particularly Greece and Cyprus. Our essayists combine historic analysis with recent events and place them in broad cultural contexts,” said Dan Georgakas, editor of the Online Policy journal and Director of the Greek American Studies Project, Center for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, Queens College (CUNY). “We believe key factors in enriching American policies are the activities of the Greek community and its allies, and we seek to empower them in whatever way we can. We think it especially important to work with Greek Americans still at the onset of their careers. In all our endeavors, we advocate the need for a commitment to the principle of Rule by Law coupled with a commitment to rendering an authentic historic record stripped of ethnocentric bias.”

 
New Greek TV “Greek of the Week” Features AHI President
Written by Staff Monday, 02 February 2015 00:00

New Greek TV “Greek of the Week” Features AHI President

WASHINGTON, DC New Greek TV featured American Hellenic Institute President Nick Larigakis as its “Greek of the Week.” The profile interview by Maria Athens, titled, “AHI President Nick Larigakis: ‘Take Pride & Have Passion In What You Do’” ran in the January 30, 2015 edition. 

 
AHI Announces Honorees for 40th Anniversary Hellenic Heritage Achievement and National Public Service Awards Dinner
Written by Staff Monday, 26 January 2015 18:00

AHI Announces Honorees for 40th Anniversary Hellenic Heritage Achievement and National Public Service Awards Dinner

Rossides to Receive First Ever AHI Lifetime Achievement Award

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) will host its 40th Anniversary Hellenic Heritage Achievement and National Public Service Awards Dinner on March 14, 2015, 6 p.m., The Capital Hilton, Washington, D.C.

2015dinner honorees

At the black tie affair AHI will honor, from left to right:

  • 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;
  • Aris Melissaratos, Businessman and Philanthropist; and
  • Anthony Quinn (posthumously), On the 100th Anniversary of his birth, Accepted by his wife, Katherine Quinn.
 
The Washington Times Publishes AHI’s Letter to the Editor on Turkey’s Latest Incursion on Cyprus
Written by Staff Monday, 26 January 2015 00:00

The Washington Times Publishes AHI’s Letter to the Editor on Turkey’s Latest Incursion on Cyprus 

WASHINGTON, DC — The Washington Times published the American Hellenic Institute’s letter to editor, “Turkey’s Cyprus incursion nothing new,” January 20, 2015 and in its print version, January 21, 2015. AHI President Nick Larigakis wrote the letter in response to a January 11, 2015 “Newsmaker Interview” by Guy Taylor titled, “Cypriot union threatened by dispute over oil and gas rights.”