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2017AHI Student FlyerAHI Events

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 Submits Testimony to House Appropriations Subcommittee on FY2018 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 Trump Administration’s foreign aid proposal for FY2018 on March 21, 2017.


2017ahidinnerjournalAHI Makes Available Awards Dinner Journal

WASHINGTON, DC — We would like to thank the honorees, guests and supporters for making the 42nd Annual Hellenic Heritage Achievement & National Public Service Awards Dinner a great success.

Please click here to take a look at our 42nd Annual Dinner Ad Journal.


AHI Releases 2016 Annual Report

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) announced the release of its 2016 Annual Report today. 

“All of AHI’s policy-based programs and initiatives for 2016 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.”


4AHI President Joins American Jewish Leaders on Cyprus Visit

Also visits Athens, Greece for series of meetings

WASHINGTON, DC — American Hellenic Institute (AHI) President Nick Larigakis attended events held on occasion of the 2017 Mission of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations visit to Nicosia, Cyprus, February 22, 2017.

At the invitation of the Conference of Presidents, and together with the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), AHI President Larigakis attended a series of meetings during the one-day visit with: President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulidis, Defense Minister Christoforos Fokaides, and Ambassador Andreas Mavroyiannis, who is the Greek Cypriot negotiator for the Cyprus issue, and Fotis Fotiou, presidential commissioner for Humanitarian Issues and Overseas Cypriots, who coordinated the visit and hosted a luncheon.  U.S. Ambassador to Cyprus Kathleen Doherty also attended events.


AHIF Releases Spring 2017 Issue of Online Policy Journal

WASHINGTON, DC—The American Hellenic Institute Foundation (AHIF) is pleased to announce the release of its eighth volume of its policy journal. The online journal is available gratis at AHIF Policy Journal website,

The policy journal of the American Hellenic Institute is a forum for commentary and scholarship on issues of vital importance to Greek Americans. In his introduction to the current issue, Editor Dan Georgakas writes of the pressing foreign policy issues facing the United States, Greece, and Cyprus.


In Letter to President Trump, AHI Raises Concern about Rising Tensions in Aegean

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) sent a letter to President Donald J. Trump to raise concern about rising tensions in the Aegean Sea stoked by Turkey’s provocations and to urge the administration to call on Turkey to cease and desist with its provocations because of the implications to the United States’ national security interests.  


AHI Presents Policy Agenda to New Congress

WASHINGTON, DC —The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) President Nick Larigakis and Legislative Director Georgea Polizos met in January with members of Congress to review AHI’s policy agenda for the 115th Congress and to provide updates on the latest developments in the eastern Mediterranean.  


2017EJohnandCleoRumpakisAHI Foundation Receives Major Gift from E. John & Cleo Rumpakis of Portland, Oregon

AHI’s Foundation Library to be Rededicated in their Honor

WASHINGTON, DC – The American Hellenic Institute Foundation (AHIF) is pleased to announce it is the recipient of a $175,000 gift from E. John and Cleo Rumpakis of Portland, Ore.

The donation, which was made in December 2016, is one of the largest gifts received by AHIF, and will go toward AHI’s Foundation Library in Hellenic House, according to AHI President Nick Larigakis.  AHI’s Foundation Library will be rededicated and named in honor of E. John and Cleo Rumpakis, he added.


AHI Foundation Announces New President; Two Named to AHI’s Board

WASHINGTON, DC —The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) and the American Hellenic Institute Foundation (AHIF), the first think tank devoted to Greek American issues, are pleased to announce additions to their respective governing bodies.