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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.

Record Number of Golfers Compete at AHI’s Annual Golf Classic; Panel Discussion on Sports Held
Written by Staff Tuesday, 28 October 2014 00:00

Record Number of Golfers Compete at AHI’s Annual Golf Classic; Panel Discussion on Sports Held

WASHINGTON, DC — On October 20, 2014, the American Hellenic Institute (AHI) hosted its Eleventh Annual Golf Classic at Belle Haven Country Club in Alexandria, Va.  A record number 64 golfers participated. Celebrity appearances were made by Larry Michael, Voice of the Washington Redskins, Christine Brennan, journalist, USA Today, and John Brazer, director of Publicity, Philadelphia Phillies, who appeared at a morning sports panel to discuss current events and issues affecting the sporting world. The Tournament Sponsor was Calamos Investments.

 
In Their Words: Student Essays
Written by Staff Monday, 27 October 2014 00:00

In Their Words: Student Essays

AHIF Student Foreign Policy Trip Participants Describe their Personal Experiences

WASHINGTON, DC —The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) is releasing nine essays authored by participants of the Sixth Annual American Hellenic Institute Foundation College Student Foreign Policy Trip to Greece and Cyprus.

The students’ insightful essays describe their personal experiences from the trip to Greece and Cyprus held June 20 to July 4, 2014. During the two-week program, the students were in Cyprus, June 21-25 and Athens, June 26 to July 4. Prior to departing for overseas, the students spent two days in Washington, DC, June 18 and 20. They received firsthand experience about the foreign policy issues affecting Greece and Cyprus, their relations with the U.S., and the interests of the U.S. in the region.

 
AHI Policy Conference Explores Cyprus Issue after 40 Years
Written by Staff Saturday, 25 October 2014 00:00

AHI Policy Conference Explores Cyprus Issue after 40 Years

WASHINGTON, DC —The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) hosted the policy conference titled, “The Cyprus Issue: Forty Years Later,” featuring two panels of experts who examined various aspects of the topic on September 30, 2014 at the Capital Hilton, Washington, DC. The audience also received greetings and remarks from Ambassador of Cyprus to the U.S. George Chacalli, Ambassador of Greece to the U.S. Christos Panagopoulos, and AHI Founder Eugene Rossides.

 
AHI Questions The Washington Times’ Relationship with “TRNC,” Requests Meeting
Written by Staff Friday, 24 October 2014 03:00

AHI Questions The Washington Times’ Relationship with “TRNC,” Requests Meeting

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) sent a letter to Mr. Thomas McDevitt, chairman of the board, The Washington Times, requesting a meeting to discuss the nature of the newspaper’s relationship with the illegal entity of the “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.”

 
AHI Announces New Hire
Written by Staff Tuesday, 07 October 2014 00:00

Stephen KakourisAHI Announces New Hire

WASHINGTON, DC —The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) announces the hire of Stephen Kakouris as the organization’s Office Manager. 

“We are thrilled to have Stephen join our staff on a full-time basis,” AHI President Nick Larigakis said. “Stephen contributed to AHI’s policy work as an Intern and his background in International Studies will be an asset to our efforts.”

Stephen holds a Bachelor of Science in International Studies: Conflict Analysis and Resolution and a minor in Leadership Studies from George Mason University, Fairfax, Va. During his studies, he conducted extensive research on the Cyprus Problem, an issue about which he is passionate.

 
AHI Mourns Passing of Champion of Hellenism Ted G. Spyropoulos
Written by Staff Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00

AHI Mourns Passing of Champion of Hellenism Ted G. Spyropoulos

WASHINGTON, DC —The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) mourns the passing of Mr. Ted G. Spyropoulos on September 25, 2014, in Chicago.  

“Ted Spyropoulos was an extraordinary Hellene,” AHI Founder Gene Rossides said.  “Ted’s passing leaves a tremendous void in the Diaspora.  I admired his passion for Hellenism and his unselfish work on behalf of Hellenic causes. Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers are with his family.”