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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 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.

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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.”

 
AHIF Hosts 13th Annual Future of Hellenism in America Conference
Written by Staff Tuesday, 30 December 2014 00:00

AHIF Hosts 13th Annual Future of Hellenism in America Conference

WASHINGTON, DC –The American Hellenic Institute Foundation (AHIF) hosted its landmark Thirteenth Annual Conference on the Future of Hellenism in America, keeping the discussion of the promotion and preservation of Hellenism at the forefront of the community. This year’s conference was held in Houston, Texas, at the Hilton Houston Post Oak, Nov. 21-22, 2014.

 
AHI President Completes Trip to Turkey, Greece
Written by Staff Friday, 19 December 2014 00:00

AHI President Visits Greece and Turkey on End of Year Trip to the Region

AHI President Attends Historic Meeting in Istanbul

WASHINGTON, DC — American Hellenic Institute President Nick Larigakis attended the historic visit in Istanbul, Turkey as part of the annual pilgrimage of the Order of St. Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate on the occasion of His Holiness Pope Francis’s visit. The visit took place on November 29-30, 2014 during which participants also celebrated the feast of St. Andrew with Divine Liturgy.

 
AHI Applauds Senator Menendez’s Floor Speech; Calls on Turkey to Withdraw from Cyprus’ EEZ
Written by Staff Wednesday, 17 December 2014 05:00

AHI Applauds Senator Menendez’s Floor Speech; Calls on Turkey to Withdraw from Cyprus’ EEZ

Robert MenendezSenator Robert Menendez (D-NJ)WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) applauds Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), for his December 16, 2014 speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate that lambasted Turkey for its incursion into the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Republic of Cyprus and for its “bullying tactics” which has led to a breakdown in settlement talks. Sen. Menendez, who chairs the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, also criticized President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for his recent anti-Western rhetoric.

Sen. Menendez stated: “Mr. President, there is no doubt in my mind that Turkey’s actions have endangered peace talks between the Greek and Turkish Cypriots that began in February with a joint-communique issued by the two communities. That communique committed to finding a durable solution based on a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation with political equality. But, because of Turkey’s bullying tactics, peace talks are now on hold.

 
AHI Welcomes University of Pireas Student Group, Former MEP Candidate to Hellenic House
Written by Staff Tuesday, 16 December 2014 05:00

AHI Welcomes University of Pireas Student Group, Former MEP Candidate to Hellenic House

picWASHINGTON, DC —The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) welcomed visitors to Hellenic House on two occasions in November. 

AHI hosted a student group from the University of Pireas on its inaugural trip to Washington, D.C., November 17. The group consisted of graduate students studying political science, international relations and other related fields. The group visits the United States annually, usually to New York City. However this was the group’s first trip to Washington to attend the Conference on Critical Issues in the Eastern Mediterranean co-organized by the University of Pireas, the Begin-Sadat Center, and the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. AHI President Nick Larigakis reviewed the role AHI plays in Washington as well as the challenges Greece faces in meeting its policy goals in Washington.