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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 Co-sponsors Exhibit on Greek Jewish Resistance during WWII Exhibit Opened April 21, Runs through to May 26, Washington, DC
Written by Staff Tuesday, 05 May 2015 00:00

AHI Co-sponsors Exhibit on Greek Jewish Resistance during WWII Exhibit Opened April 21, Runs through to May 26, Washington, DC

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) has co-sponsored “Synagonistis: Greek Jews in the National Resistance,” an exhibit presented by the Embassy of Greece that tells the story of Greek Jewish resistance during World War II. The exhibition officially opened April 21, 2015 at the Washington Hebrew Congregation, Washington, DC. It runs daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and through to May 26, 2015.

“AHI has always looked to highlight Greece’s role in World War II and particularly in the resistance against the Nazis,” AHI President Nick Larigakis said. “The Greek Jews played one of the most active roles in the fight against Nazi occupation and we are proud to highlight the importance of this fight by helping to support this exhibit. Congratulations to Christos Failadis, press counselor and the Embassy of Greece for organizing such a wonderful event.”

 
AHI Co-hosts Dinner for Greece’s Foreign Minister in Washington
Written by Staff Monday, 04 May 2015 00:00

AHI Co-hosts Dinner for Greece’s Foreign Minister in Washington

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) co-hosted a private dinner in honor of Foreign Minister of Greece Nikos Kotzias, with the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), April 21, 2015, on the occasion of the foreign minister’s visit to Washington, DC.

“We thank Foreign Minister Kotzias for taking the time from his busy agenda in Washington, to join us for an in-depth discussion on issues of importance to the relationship between longtime allies, the United States and Greece,” AHI President Nick Larigakis said. “Greece continues to face many challenges, and we will continue to explore initiatives that will help to strengthen between the United States and Greece.”

 
Monograph Published by Hudson Institute Demonstrates Importance of Eastern Mediterranean
Written by Staff Tuesday, 28 April 2015 00:00

Monograph Published by Hudson Institute Demonstrates Importance of Eastern Mediterranean

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) welcomes a monograph published by the Hudson Institute titled, “U.S. Policy and the Strategic Relationship of Greece, Cyprus, and Israel: Power Shifts in the Eastern Mediterranean” by Seth Cropsey, director, Center for American Seapower. The monograph is the culmination of Hudson Institute’s work on a project centered on research conducted for the past year and a half about security in the eastern Mediterranean, specifically energy security.

 
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.”