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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 Commemorates 40th Anniversary of Turkish Invasion of Cyprus with Capitol Hill Book Presentation by AHI Founder
Written by Staff Friday, 18 July 2014 00:00

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Issues Statement on Anniversary

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) commemorated the 40th anniversary of Turkey’s invasion of the Republic of Cyprus with a Capitol Hill breakfast and book presentation on “Kissinger & Cyprus: A Study in Lawlessness” by AHI Founder and former Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Treasury Eugene Rossides.  The book presentation featuring Rossides was held at the Rayburn House Office Building, July 9, 2014.

 
AHI Applauds Foreign Relations Chairmen’s Letter to President on Cyprus
Written by Staff Wednesday, 16 July 2014 00:00

AHI Applauds Foreign Relations Chairmen’s Letter to President on Cyprus

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) applauds U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations; and U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), chairman, House Committee on Foreign Affairs, for sending a letter to President Barack Obama that urges the Administration to increase attention to the goal of reunifying Cyprus.  The letter was sent July 14, 2014 on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Turkish invasion of the Republic of Cyprus in 1974.

 
AHI Welcomes Vice President’s Continued Promotion of Religious Freedom, Position on Cyprus Settlement
Written by Staff Tuesday, 15 July 2014 00:00

AHI Welcomes Vice President’s Continued Promotion of Religious Freedom, Position on Cyprus Settlement

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) welcomes Vice President Joe Biden’s continued promotion of religious freedom for the Ecumenical Patriarchate and his ongoing engagement on U.S.-Cyprus relations as demonstrated in remarks made at the 42nd Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, July 9, 2014. 

 
AHI Works to Get U.S.’ Next Ambassador to Turkey on the Record
Written by Staff Monday, 14 July 2014 00:00

AHI Works to Get U.S.’ Next Ambassador to Turkey on the Record

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) wrote to members of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs today, asking them to consider a set of questions as they prepare for the nomination hearing of the Honorable John Bass to be U.S. ambassador to Turkey.  The hearing will take place July 15, 2014.

 
AHI Applauds Committee Passage of Turkey Christian Churches Accountability Act
Written by Staff Friday, 27 June 2014 00:00

AHI Applauds Committee Passage of Turkey Christian Churches Accountability Act

Legislation includes Rep. Bilirakis’ Language to Reopen Halki Seminary 

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) applauds passage of legislation by the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs that requires an annual report from the State Department on the status of stolen, confiscated or unreturned Christian properties in territories controlled by Turkey.  H.R.4347, the Turkey Christian Churches Accountability Act, also included language from U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis’ (R-FL) congressional resolution that calls the Government of Turkey to facilitate the reopening of the Ecumenical Patriarchate's Theological School of Halki without condition or further delay.

 
AHIF’s Foreign Policy Students Embark for Greece, Cyprus
Written by Staff Wednesday, 18 June 2014 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 sixth year as students from across the United States gathered for briefings in Washington before departing for Cyprus on June 20, 2014. The two-week program concludes July 4, 2014, when the students return from Athens.