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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 Marks 43rd Anniversary of Turkish Invasion of Cyprus with Congressional Briefing
Written by Staff Saturday, 22 July 2017 00:00

07AHI Marks 43rd Anniversary of Turkish Invasion of Cyprus with Congressional Briefing  

Featured Speaker Greek Cypriot Chief Negotiator Ambassador Mavroyiannis

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) marked the 43rd anniversary of Turkey’s illegal invasion of the Republic of Cyprus by hosting a congressional briefing to discuss the current state of affairs on the island at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill, July 19, 2017. 

AHI Issues Statement on 43rd Anniversary of Invasion of Cyprus
Written by Staff Tuesday, 18 July 2017 00:00

AHI Issues Statement on 43rd Anniversary of Invasion of Cyprus

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) remembers the solemn 43rd anniversary of NATO member Turkey’s brutal invasion of the Republic of Cyprus, a member of the European Union.

AHI Organizes Fourth Greek Heritage Night at Phillies Game
Written by Staff Wednesday, 12 July 2017 00:00

08AHI Organizes Fourth Greek Heritage Night at Phillies Game

Greek Ambassador Throws Out First Pitch

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute organized its Fourth Annual Greek Heritage Night held in cooperation with Major League Baseball's Philadelphia Phillies, June 20, 2017, at Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pa.  Approximately 600 persons from the Tri-State Philadelphia area were in attendance to see the Philadelphia Phillies take on the St. Louis Cardinals.

PBS Broadcast Featuring Greece to Air this Week
Written by Staff Monday, 03 July 2017 00:00

PBS Broadcast Featuring Greece to Air this Week

WASHINGTON, DC — The PBS broadcast “This Is America Visits Greece” will air the first of its programs, “Greece Today: Parts I-III” beginning this week.  The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) is an underwriter of “This Is America Visits Greece” and AHI President Nick Larigakis is credited as a “special consultant” by the program’s producers.

AHIF’s Foreign Policy Students Embark for Greece, Cyprus
Written by Staff Wednesday, 21 June 2017 00:00

AHIF’s Foreign Policy Students Embark for Greece, Cyprus

Students Receive First-hand Foreign Policy Experience about the Region from Experts

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute Foundation (AHIF) College Student Foreign Policy Trip to Greece and Cyprus begins its ninth year as students from across the United States gathered for briefings in Washington before departing for Cyprus on June 23, 2017. The two-week program concludes July 7, 2017, when the students return from Athens.


AHI Legal Counsel Appears on CGTN America to Discuss Latest on Greece’s Debt Crisis

WASHINGTON, DC —Nicholas G. Karambelas, Esq., legal counsel to the American Hellenic Institute (AHI), and partner in Sfikas & Karambelas LLP, appeared on CGTN America’s “Global Business America” program, June 15, 2017, to discuss the latest developments with Greece’s debt crisis with CGTN’s Rachelle Akuffo.


2017PR28AHI Welcomes Cypriot Member of Parliament Neofytou to Hellenic House

WASHINGTON, DC — Member of the Cypriot House of Representatives, Averof Neofytou, who chairs the House’s Economics and Budget Committee, visited Hellenic House to meet with American Hellenic Institute (AHI) representatives, June 5, 2017.


American Jewish and Greek American Organizations Welcome Third Trilateral Summit

WASHINGTON (June 16, 2017)—The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (Order of AHEPA), American Hellenic Institute (AHI), B’nai B’rith International, and Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations issued the following joint statement:


01AHI Conducts Annual Trip to Greece, Cyprus

13th Athens Awards Dinner Held, Draws Largest Crowd Ever

WASHINGTON, DC —A delegation from the American Hellenic Institute (AHI) successfully completed the organization’s annual leadership trip to Greece and Cyprus where it held substantive meetings with high-ranking government officials with the purpose of strengthening relations and addressing issues of mutual interest.  The 10-day trip occurred May 6 to 18, 2017.

“We had a very productive series of high-visibility meetings in Greece and Cyprus,” President Nick Larigakis said.  “We accomplished the objectives we set out to achieve, and the briefings we received on issues of importance to the Greek American community were insightful and informative. We thank all of the leaders who took the time to meet with us to discuss these very important issues.”