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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 Applauds Senate Foreign Relations Committee Passage of Armenian Genocide Resolution
Written by Staff Friday, 11 April 2014 02:00

AHI Applauds Senate Foreign Relations Committee Passage of Armenian Genocide Resolution

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) applauds passage of S. Res. 410 an Armenian Genocide Resolution by the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on April 10, 2014 that remembers and observes the anniversary of the Armenian Genocide on April 24, 2014.

 
AHI Hosts Annual Congressional Salute to Greek Independence Day
Written by Staff Friday, 11 April 2014 00:00

AHI Hosts Annual Congressional Salute to Greek Independence Day

Top Foreign Affairs Legislators Participate

WASHINGTON, DC—The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) celebrated the 193rd anniversary of Greek Independence Day by hosting its annual “Congressional Salute to Greek Independence Day,” on March 26, 2014.  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 Monday, 07 April 2014 10:00

AHI Releases Annual Policy Statements; Positions Advocate for the Rule of Law

Policy Statements CoverTwelve Membership-based Organizations Endorse Statements

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) announced the release of its annual 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 AHI’s fact sheet detailing Greece’s contributions to United States interests in the eastern Mediterranean and to NATO.

“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 Celebrates Greek Independence Day at the White House
Written by Staff Monday, 07 April 2014 00:00

AHI Celebrates Greek Independence Day at the White House

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) celebrated Greek Independence Day at the White House on April 4, 2014.  AHI President Nick Larigakis, AHI Board Treasurer and Legal Counsel Nicholas G. Karambelas, Esq.; AHI Board Member Leon Andris, and AHI Foundation Board Vice President Ted G. Spyropoulos attended the ceremony officiated by President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios.

“We thank President Obama for hosting this event to honor Greek Independence,” Larigakis said.  “The event served to reaffirm the strong bonds of friendship between Greece and the United States, including Greece as a valued NATO ally; and to bring attention to the fact that this relationship is etched intrinsically by virtue of the noble democratic ideals and principles that guided our Founding Fathers in establishing our own country.”

To view the White House Proclamation, please click here.

 
AHI Submits Testimony to House Appropriations Subcommittee on FY2015 Foreign Aid to Southeastern Europe, Eastern Mediterranean
Written by Staff Thursday, 03 April 2014 00:00

AHI Submits Testimony to House Appropriations Subcommittee on FY2015 Foreign Aid to Southeastern Europe, Eastern Mediterranean

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) submitted testimony to the House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs on the Obama Administration’s foreign aid proposals for FY2015 on April 4, 2014.