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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.

Indiana Senator Lifts Hold on Greek Independence Day Resolution; Commends Community’s Collective Work
Written by Staff Friday, 27 March 2015 00:00

Indiana Senator Lifts Hold on Greek Independence Day Resolution; Commends Community’s Collective Work

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) is pleased U.S. Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN) lifted his hold yesterday on S.Res.105, a resolution recognizing the 194th anniversary of the independence of Greece and celebrating democracy in Greece and the United States, after receiving a letter of clarification from Ambassador of Greece to the United States Christos Panagopoulos. The senator placed a hold on the resolution based upon comments made by Greece’s Minister of Defense Panos Kammenos that kept it from advancing. However, after Senator Coats lifted his hold, the resolution, which was sponsored by U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), passed by unanimous consent on March 27, 2015, with 28 co-sponsors.

“We congratulate the entire Greek American community for coming together to advance the resolution,” AHI President Nick Larigakis said.  “It is important to recognize just what can be accomplished for the advancement of U.S.-Greece relations and interests when we work together.”

 
AHI Makes Available Awards Dinner Journal, Photos to Public
Written by Staff Thursday, 26 March 2015 00:00

Dinner Journal CoverAHI Makes Available Awards Dinner Journal, Photos to Public

WASHINGTON, DC — We would like to thank the honorees, guests and supporters for making the 40th Annual Hellenic Heritage Achievement & National Public Service Awards Dinner a great success.

Please click here to take a look at our 40th Annual Dinner Ad Journal.

 
AHI Founder Honored by the Cyprus Children’s Fund
Written by Staff Friday, 27 March 2015 00:00

AHI Founder Honored by the Cyprus Children’s Fund 

WASHINGTON, DC — The Cyprus Children’s Fund honored American Hellenic Institute (AHI) Founder Eugene T. Rossides, presenting him with The Cyprus Children’s Fund Recognition Award at the organization’s testimonial dinner held March 21, 2015, Terrace on the Park, New York City.

“I am deeply grateful for this wonderful honor from the Cyprus Children’s Fund, which has done so much to help alleviate the plight of underprivileged and displaced children of Cyprus, following the Turkish invasion and subsequent occupation of 37.3 percent Cyprus,” AHI Founder Rossides said. 

 
AHI Urges Indiana Senator to Lift Hold on Greek Independence Day Resolution; Calls on Community to Take Action
Written by Staff Wednesday, 25 March 2015 12:00

AHI Urges Indiana Senator to Lift Hold on Greek Independence Day Resolution; Calls on Community to Take Action

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) sent a letter today to U.S. Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN) expressing disappointment that the senator is placing a hold on S.Res.105, a resolution recognizing the 194th anniversary of the independence of Greece and celebrating democracy in Greece and the United States, keeping the U.S. Senate from passing the resolution. The senator is holding the resolution based upon comments made by Greece’s Minister of Defense Panos Kammenos. 

“We are extremely disappointed that Senator Dan Coats has taken such drastic action to express concern about the minister’s flippant comment,” AHI President Nick Larigakis said.  “Greece’s contributions to the security interests of both the United States and NATO are quite clear and evident.  Our letter details Greece’s unwavering commitment to United States security policy and should alleviate any concern the senator has about it.”

Larigakis added, “We urge the Greek American community to contact Senator Coats today and urge him to let S.Res.105 pass.”

 
AHI Congratulates President Obama’s Proclamation for 194th Anniversary of Greece’s Independence
Written by Staff Wednesday, 25 March 2015 00:00

AHI Congratulates President Obama’s Proclamation for 194th Anniversary of Greece’s Independence

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) thanks President Barack Obama for issuing a Presidential Proclamation for Greek Independence Day: A National Day of Celebration of Greek and American Democracy, 2015 and congratulates the president for acknowledging the historical bonds between the United States and Greece as well as expressing support for Greece, “our friend and NATO ally.”

 
AHI Submits Testimony to House Appropriations Subcommittee on FY2016 Foreign Aid to Southeastern Europe, Eastern Mediterranean
Written by Staff Monday, 23 March 2015 00:00

AHI Submits Testimony to House Appropriations Subcommittee on FY2016 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 FY2016 on March 23, 2015.

In the best interests of the United States, AHI’s testimony opposed:

  1. any military assistance the administration will request for Turkey until Turkey removes its troops and illegal Turkish settlers from Cyprus;
  2. aid the administration will request for the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM); and
  3. any reduction that might be introduced in the aid levels for the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus.

In addition, AHI’s testimony presented the Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) that were proposed by the Republic of Cyprus prior to the suspension of settlement talks in the fall of 2014 as an example of where United States foreign assistance could be helpful should the talks resume in 2015.

 
AHI Releases 2014 Annual Report
Written by Staff Wednesday, 18 March 2015 00:00

AHI Releases 2014 Annual Report

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) announced the release of its 2014 Annual Report today.

“All of AHI’s policy-based programs and initiatives for 2014 that advance the best interests of the United States on issues of importance to the Greek American community are encapsulated in this report,” President Nick Larigakis said.  “We are proud to highlight our successful programming, which includes our ‘Future of Hellenism in America’ conference, foreign policy trip abroad for college students, and several policy forums, among other initiatives and events.”

To download a copy of the annual report, please use the links below: