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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.


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.


AHI Meets with Assistant Secretary Nuland, State Department Officials

WASHINGTON, DC —Representatives of the American Hellenic Institute (AHI) met with State Department officials during a series of meetings held in December. 

AHI President Nick Larigakis and AHI Legislative Director Georgea Polizos met with U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Jonathan Cohen and Cyprus Desk Officer Larina Konold, December 13, 2016, at AHI’s Hellenic House.


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AHI President Meets Top Level Government Officials in Greece, Cyprus

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) hosted two presentations featuring Doug Bandow, senior fellow, Cato Institute, in Nicosia, Cyprus, Nov. 28, 2016; and Athens, Greece, Dec. 1, 2016, at the Hotel Grande Bretagne.  Bandow presented on the topic, “The New U.S. President: What Does This Mean for U.S. Foreign Policy in the Eastern Mediterranean?”


AHIF Hosts 15th Annual Future of Hellenism in America Conference

WASHINGTON, DC –The American Hellenic Institute Foundation (AHIF) hosted its Fifteenth Annual Conference on the Future of Hellenism in America, keeping the discussion of the promotion and preservation of Hellenism at the forefront of the community. This year’s conference was held in Elizabeth, N.J., at the Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel, Nov. 18-19, 2016.


1From left: Larina Konold, Elizabeth Hittos, Guy Calcerano, Georgea Polizos.AHI Hosts The College of New Jersey Student Group

WASHINGTON, DC – The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) hosted 30 students from The College of New Jersey, for breakfast at the Hellenic House, November 16, 2016.  The students were in Washington for their Washington, D.C. Day.  Guy Calcerano, TCNJ development officer, accompanied the students.

The students heard presentations from Larina Konold, Cyprus desk officer, U.S. Department of State, Elizabeth Hittos, chief of staff, U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, and Paul Glastris, editor-in-chief, The Washington Monthly and former chief speechwriter for President Bill Clinton.  All three presenters spoke about their careers, various experiences, and answered questions from the students that ranged from career advice to interest in academic background.  AHI Legislative Director Georgea Polizos moderated the presentations and spoke about her experience at AHI.