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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.

Sixth Annual AHIF Foreign Policy Trip to Greece, Cyprus a Success
Written by Staff Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00

Sixth Annual AHIF Foreign Policy Trip to Greece, Cyprus a Success

Students Gain Firsthand Experience about Eastern Mediterranean Region

The American Hellenic Institute Foundation (AHIF) Foreign Policy Trip to Greece and Cyprus completed its sixth year as nine students from across the United States participated in the two-week program held June 20 to July 4, 2014.

 
Washington Times, The Washington Post Publish AHI Editorial Submissions
Written by Staff Wednesday, 17 September 2014 00:00

Washington TimesThe Washington Post Publish AHI Editorial Submissions

WASHINGTON, DC — Two prominent newspapers each published editorial submissions authored by American Hellenic Institute (AHI) President Nick Larigakis in September. 

 
AHI President’s Op-ed: The Current U.S. Interest in Cyprus: “Trust, but Verify”
Written by Staff Sunday, 17 August 2014 00:00

AHI President’s Op-ed:

The Current U.S. Interest in Cyprus: “Trust, but Verify”

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) released an op-ed written July 30, 2014, by AHI President Nick Larigakis titled, “The Current U.S. Interest in Cyprus: ‘Trust, but Verify.’”  The op-ed received placement in: The National HeraldFinancial MirrorFamagusta GazetteThe Greek Star, and Greek Reporter.

 
AHI Founder Receives First-ever AHEPA Accolade, Hosted for Book Presentation
Written by Staff Tuesday, 29 July 2014 00:00

AHI Founder Receives AHEPA Honor, Makes Book Presentation at AHEPA Convention

WASHINGTON, DC — American Hellenic Institute (AHI) Founder Eugene T. Rossides became the first recipient of the AHEPA-Stamos Family Lifetime Achievement Award at the organization’s National Athletic Awards Luncheon held at the 92nd Annual AHEPA Supreme Convention, New Orleans, La., July 24, 2014.  The award is established for presentation only to inductees of the AHEPA Athletic Hall of Fame for their achievements and contributions to society during their post-athletic career. 

 
The Hill Published AHI President’s Rebuttal to Turkish Cypriot’s Op-ed
Written by Staff Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00

The Hill Published AHI President’s Rebuttal to Turkish Cypriot’s Op-ed

WASHINGTON, DC — The Hill, a newspaper with a focus on the U.S. Congress, published on its website, a guest blog rebuttal authored by American Hellenic Institute (AHI) President Nick Larigakis titled, “Response to Turkish Cypriot’s Opinion Piece.” The rebuttal appeared on the website’s Congress Blog, which is The Hill’s forum for lawmakers and policy professionals, July 23, 2014.  AHI President Larigakis wrote the commentary in response to a July 21 op-ed  written by Mr. Ahmet Erdengiz.

 
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

Eugene RossidesEugene RossidesAHI Commemorates 40th Anniversary of Turkish Invasion of Cyprus with Capitol Hill Book Presentation by AHI Founder

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.