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2017futureofhelsavethedateAHI 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.


01AHI Hosts Hellenic Navy General Staff Chief for Maritime Security Presentation

WASHINGTON, DC —The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) hosted a reception and presentation with Vice Admiral Nikolaos Tsounis, chief of the Hellenic Navy General Staff, at the Hellenic House, November 8, 2017.  The presentation served as an integral part of the vice admiral’s Washington, D.C. visit during which he also met with his counterparts at the Pentagon.


01Larigakis Celebrates 30th Anniversary with AHI

WASHINGTON, DC — Colleagues, family, and friends came together to commemorate the 30th anniversary of American Hellenic Institute (AHI) President Nick Larigakis’s leadership and accomplishments at the Institute.  The celebratory event hosted by the AHI Board of Directors was held at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, Va., October 27, 2017.   


03His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios Officiates AHI Foundation E. John & Cleo Rumpakis Library Rededication Ceremony

Washington, DC-  The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) held a ceremony to rededicate the AHI Foundation library in honor of E. John and Cleo Rumpakis, October 27, 2017.  His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America, presided over the ceremony. 


03AHI, Lexington Institute Host Greece’s National Defense Chief for Policy Discussion 

WASHINGTON, DC — Lexington Institute, a nonprofit public-policy think tank, in cooperation with the American Hellenic Institute (AHI) hosted a high-level policy luncheon discussion for Admiral Evangelos Apostolakis, chief of the Hellenic National Defense General Staff, on the occasion of the admiral’s visit to Washington, D.C., October 23, 2017, at the Capital Hilton. More than 30 policy experts from the public and private sectors, including officials from the White House, Pentagon, and Department of State; as well as representatives from the defense and security industries and think-tanks, attended the invite-only event.


2AHI Welcomes Public Officials to Hellenic House

WASHINGTON, DC — Rhode Island State Senator Leonidas P. Raptakis, Georgia Representative Chuck Efstration, and Wyoming State Senator Stephan Pappas, visited Hellenic House to meet with American Hellenic Institute (AHI) President Nick Larigakis, October 24, 2017.  



AHI Announces Its Newest Publication:

The Rule of Law Lobby: Grassroots Mobilization and the U.S. Arms Embargo on Turkey – 1974-1978

by Van Coufoudakis, Ph.D. and Serge Hadji, Esq. 

WASHINGTON, DC. — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) is pleased to announce its newest publication, The Rule of Law Lobby: Grassroots Mobilization and the U.S. Arms Embargo on Turkey - 1974-1978 by Van Coufoudakis, Ph. D. and Serge Hadji, Esq. The volume focuses on the grassroots mobilization in the Greek American community following Turkey’s illegal invasion and occupation of Cyprus on July 20, 1974 through the lifting of the U.S. Arms Embargo in 1978. 



Politis Joins AHI Staff as Legislative Assistant, Special Projects Coordinator

WASHINGTON, DC - The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) is pleased to announce the hire of Constantine Politis as the Institute’s Legislative Assistant and Special Projects Coordinator. 

“We are excited and fortunate to have Constantine join our staff,” AHI President Nick Larigakis said. “The legislative experience he gained through his internships on Capitol Hill will be a tremendous asset to our mission.”


AHI Commemorates the Smyrna Tragedy

Washington, DC—On the evening of October 11, 2017, the American Hellenic Institute and St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church (Falls Church, VA) jointly commemorated the tragic 1922 fire of Smyrna with a private screening of "The Promise" at the church.  The film, a powerful historical drama starring Christian Bale, Oscar Isaac, and Charlotte Le Bon, is set in 1914-1915 and depicts the Turkish genocide of 1.5 million Armenian Christians.


03AHI Holds 14th Annual Golf Classic; Sports Panel Discussion Held 

WASHINGTON, DC —The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) hosted its Fourteenth Annual Golf Classic at Belle Haven Country Club, Alexandria, Va., Oct. 16, 2017.  Fifty-four golfers participated. Celebrity appearances were made by: Christine Brennan, journalist, USA Today, Jim Daopoulos, ESPN rules analyst and former NFL official; George Wallace, sports director, WTOP Radio; and Tommy Greene, the Comcast SportsNet pre- and postgame studio analyst for the Philadelphia Phillies and former MLB pitcher.  The Tournament Sponsor was Calamos Investments. Peter Bota served as Tournament Chairman.