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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.



AHI Hosts Annual Congressional Salute to Greek Independence Day
Written by Staff Tuesday, 03 May 2016 00:00

AHI Hosts Annual Congressional Salute to Greek Independence Day

WASHINGTON, DC—The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) celebrated the 195th anniversary of Greek Independence Day by hosting its annual “Congressional Salute to Greek Independence Day,” on April 13, 2016.  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 Speaks at National Hellenic Student Association Conference
Written by Staff Wednesday, 27 April 2016 00:00

AHI President Speaks at National Hellenic Student Association Conference

WASHINGTON, DC —American Hellenic Institute (AHI) President Nick Larigakis shared his foreign policy expertise with the delegates of the National Hellenic Student Association Conference, April 2, 2016, Baltimore, Md.  

Larigakis discussed the topic “Sovereignty in the Aegean” before an audience of more than 100 students. Larigakis spoke about the violations of Greece’s airspace committed by Turkey over the Aegean Sea.  His remarks also included Turkey’s violations of Greece’s territorial waters, and he explained the differences between infringements and violations of airspace. 

 
AHIF President, AHI Members Serve as Grand Marshals at Greek Independence Parades
Written by Staff Thursday, 14 April 2016 05:00

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WASHINGTON, DC — AHI Foundation President Dr. Spiros Spireas and AHI Members Paul Kotrotsios and Dr. Panayiotis Baltatzis served as Grand Marshals at Greek Independence Day parades held this month.  Dr. Spireas served as one of the Grand Marshals of the New York City Greek Independence Day Parade, April 10, 2016.  Kotrotsios and Dr. Baltatzis served as Grand Marshals of the Baltimore Greek Independence Day Parade, April 3, 2016.

 
AHI Welcomes Visitors to Hellenic House
Written by Staff Thursday, 14 April 2016 00:00

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WASHINGTON, DC —The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) welcomed visitors to Hellenic House on April 4. 

AHI hosted a group visiting from Greece on the occasion of the White House’s ceremony in commemoration of Greek Independence. Members included George Hatzimarkos, Governor, South Aegean Region; Miltos Goudamanis, CEO, Global Strategies Council; AnthonyKambourakis, President, Hotels' Association of Rhodes and

 
Former AHIF Student Trip Participant to Advise Presidential Candidate on Foreign Policy
Written by Staff Saturday, 02 April 2016 00:00

2016george papadopoulosFormer AHIF Student Trip Participant to Advise Presidential Candidate on Foreign Policy 

WASHINGTON, DC — From time to time, the American Hellenic Institute (AHI) presents updates on alumni of the AHI Foundation Study Abroad program or former interns.

George Papadopoulos, a participant on the 2009 AHIF Student Foreign Policy Trip to Greece and Cyprus, has been named a foreign policy adviser to Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump.  In addition to AHI, Papadopoulos, an international energy consultant, has been a researcher at the Hudson Institute before joining the London Center of International Law Practice.  He also advised former Presidential Candidate Dr. Ben Carson. 

 
AHI Hosts 41st Anniversary Hellenic Heritage Achievement and National Public Service Awards Dinner
Written by Staff Sunday, 27 March 2016 00:00

Honorees

AHI Hosts 41st Anniversary Hellenic Heritage Achievement and National Public Service Awards Dinner 

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) hosted its 41st Anniversary Hellenic Heritage Achievement and Public Service Awards Dinner, March 5, 2016, Capital Hilton, Washington, D.C. 

AHI honored a distinguished set of awardees based upon their important career achievements and contributions to the Greek American community or community at-large. They were:

  • Basil N. Mossaidis, AHEPA Executive Director;
  • Rena Papapostolou, Co-founder, Return to Origins, Greek language educator;
  • Nicolas Bornozis, Founder, President/CEO, Capital Link; and 
  • Peter J. Pappas, Sr., Chairman of the Board, P.J.M. Holdings Corp., and Philanthropist. 

Larry Michael, “Voice of the Redskins,” and senior vice president and executive producer of Media, Washington Redskins; was the evening’s emcee. AHI volunteer legal counsel and Board of Directors Treasurer Nicholas G. Karambelas, Esq., partner in Sfikas & Karambelas LLP, introduced Michael.