AHIF Announces Its Newest Publication
Kissinger & Cyprus: A Study in Lawlessness by Gene Rossides
WASHINGTON, DC. — The American Hellenic Institute Foundation (AHIF) is pleased to announce its newest publication, Kissinger & Cyprus: A Study in Lawlessness by Gene Rossides and a Foreword by Professor Louis Galambos, Johns Hopkins University, and Editor of The Papers of Dwight David Eisenhower. This book explores four themes. The first is Kissinger's illegal actions and responsibility for the Cyprus tragedy of 1974 and its aftermath. The second is Cyprus’s importance as a strategic, economic, and political asset to Europe and the United States. The third theme is Turkey's actions as a rogue state, its violations of United States and international laws, its history of unreliability as an ally and its moves towards Islamic fundamentalism. The fourth theme is the vital importance to the United States of absolute allegiance to the rule of law. The concluding chapter discusses the need for the United States to redress the situation in Cyprus by pressuring Turkey to withdraw its troops and settlers from Cyprus.
The State Department ignores the role played by Kissinger in Turkey’s invasion of Cyprus in 1974 and fails to acknowledge that the Cyprus crisis would have been avoided had Kissinger followed the policy recommendations put forth by the career foreign service officials, Thomas Boyatt and his colleagues, in 1974.
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“Cyprus Still Divided” finally reveals the web of domestic politics, the realpolitik of Henry Kissinger, and repeated refusal of successive U.S. presidents to demand that the rule of law and fundamental human rights be upheld in Cyprus. For example, the documentary presents a recently declassified 1974 State Department memorandum that clearly indicts Secretary of State Kissinger, who wrote, “There is no American reason why the Turks should not have one-third of Cyprus.”
“Newly-released information about U.S. policy toward Cyprus, such as the declassified State Department memorandum written by Secretary Kissinger, sheds new light on the 36-year-old issue and the public must be made aware,” said Executive Director Nick Larigakis. “The documentary accomplishes this task by presenting the facts in a clear and concise manner.”
“Cyprus Still Divided” also looks to the future of the divided island in the context of the ongoing settlement negotiations between the Republic of Cyprus and the Turkish Cypriot community that began in September 2008. The documentary says: “By abandoning the rule of law and its principles, the United States had a role in causing the present division of Cyprus. It remains to be seen whether the U.S. can perform a role inreunifying Cyprus.”
Portraits of Prominent Greeks in the U.S.A.
Photographs by Maria Yanna; text by John C Bastias
The American Hellenic Institute Foundation (AHIF) is pleased to intoduce the release of a new publication Portraits of Prominent Greeks in the U.S.A. It is the first comprehensive and up-to-date presentation of 63 extraordinary individuals who share not only a Greek heritage, but also the same passion to fulfill their ambitions.
This volume of 288 pages, will capture the readers with its colorful, candid portraits and the inspirational individuals that are portrayed within them. From scientists to actors, politicians to journalists, business people to artists, this careful selections provides insight into the lives of remarkable people who excelled through hard work and persistence. They are living proof of the “American Dream,” yet they have not forgotten their Greek roots.
Each person is portrayed in a four-page section with portrait and documentary photographs, along with biographical information, exclusively made for this edition. The Foreword is written by Senator Olympia J. Snowe, and the Historical Matrix by historian Speros Vryonis.
People portrayed in the book include: Theoni Aldredge, Helene Alexopoulos, Kary Antholis, Stephen Antonakos, Theodore Antoniou, George Argyros, Andrew Athens, George Behrakis, Lily Haseotes Bentas, John Brademas, Sylvia Mathew Burwell, Plato Cacheris, John Calamos, John Catsimatidis, Chryssa, Peter Diamandis, Andreas Dracopoulos, Michael Dukakis, Jeffrey Eugenides, Nicholas Gage, Sid Ganis, Peter Georgiopoulos, Jim Gianopulos, Elias Gyftopoulos, George Hatsopoulos, Matina Horner, Melina Kanakaredes, Christine Kondoleon, Costas Kondylis, Stamatios Krimigis, Ted Leonsis, George Lois, Dean Metropoulos, George Mitchell, Dimitri Nanopoulos, John Negroponte, Michel Negroponte, Nicholas Negroponte, Alexander Nehamas, John Pappajohn, Aristides Patrinos, George Pelecanos, Peter Peterson, Harry Mark Petrakis, Barbara Spyridon Pope, John Psarouthakis, Michael Psilakis, Gene Rossides, Paul Sarbanes, Olympia Snowe, Dean Spanos, Chris Spyrou, George Stephanopoulos, Dean Tavoularis, Taki Theodoracopulos, William Tragos, Angelo Tsakopoulos, Andreas Tzakis, Nia Vardalos, John Varvatos, Speros Vryonis, Ioannis Yannas, and Nicholas Zervas.
Portraits of Prominent Greeks in the U.S.A. is available in hard cover, 288 pages with 126 portrait photographs and sixty-three 1000-word biographies. Each person is portrayed separately in 4 pages. Book dimensions: 9.4x11.4 in. ISBN 978-960-93-1858-7; Price $70 plus $5.00 for postage and handling. For multiple copies and for international orders appropriate shipping charge will be invoiced. Book orders can be placed online at www.ahifworld.org.
Maria Yanna was born and raised in Athens. She received her BA from the Tufts University in Boston, MA in international relations and art history, and an MBA at Athens Laboratory of Business Administration (ALBA). She worked for the Athens 2004 Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games. Her love of photography led her back to the US where she studied photography at the International Center of Photography in New York.
THE FIRST VICTORY: Greece in the Second World War is available in hard cover, 600 pages with 24 maps and 43 pictures. ISBN 978-1-932455-19-9; Price: $39.95 plus $7 for postage and handling. AHI members receive a 25% discount—$30 plus $7 postage.
The American Hellenic Institute Foundation (AHIF) is pleased to announce the release of its publication THE FIRST VICTORY: Greece in the Second World War by George C. Blytas published jointly with Cosmos Publishing.
It provides a sweeping account of the role Greece played during the Second World War. Greece’s seven-month resistance between 1940 and 1941 against the invading armies of Italy and Germany established the first Allied victory and became an inspiration to freedom-loving countries everywhere. Using intricately detailed descriptions and maps, Blytas recounts the events that preceded the Second World War and unfolds the diplomatic and military developments that cemented Greece’s role in securing the first victory.
Cyprus 35 Years Later: What is Needed for a Solution?
Available in soft cover, 106 pages for $17.50 plus $3 for postage and handling. AHI members receive a 25 percent discount for $13.50 plus $3 postage. Bulk rates are also available. To order your copy click here.
The American Hellenic Institute Foundation (AHIF) is pleased to announce the release of its new publication “Cyprus 35 Years Later: What is Needed for a Solution?” This 160 page volume includes the papers presented at two seminars marking Turkey’s 1974 invasion and occupation of Cyprus which were sponsored by the AHIF and held in Washington, DC. The most recent seminar held on July 22, 2009. The speakers were Dr. Ted Galen Carpenter, vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C., attorney Nicholas Karambelas, Cyprus Ambassador to the U.S. Andreas Kakouris and Eugene T. Rossides, Founder of AHIF.
AHIF seminar “Cyprus: 34 Years Later” was held on July 16, 2008. The speakers were Dr. Ted Galen Carpenter, Doug Bandow, Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute and Vice President of Policy for Citizen Outreach, Ambassador Andreas Kakouris and Eugene T. Rossides. Dr. John Brademas, former Congressman and President Emeritus of New York University, was the moderator. He was a leader of the successful effort in the House in the fall of 1974 in enacting the Rule of Law Arms Embargo against Turkey. Moderator for the seminar was Washington Times Managing Editor-print David Jones, a position he was appointed to in February 2008. He had served as the paper’s foreign editor from 1994 to 2007 after four years as deputy foreign editor.
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The Greek American Operational Groups
Price: $25 each plus $3.00 shipping & handling (up to 5). Each additional please include $.75 S&H.
The U.S.’s first experiment with clandestine commando warfare took place in World War II. Under a secret OSS plan, small groups of specially trained U.S. Army infantrymen of various ethnic backgrounds were infiltrated into occupied Europe to assist local partisan groups in resisting the Nazis. Among these secret “Operational Groups”—the OGs—were Greek Americans, whose mission was to make the German withdrawal from Greece in 1944 as costly as possible.
They succeeded far beyond expectations, but the records of their secret service were sealed for forty years, and their story is largely unknown. This short video brings their bravery to light in anticipation of a full-length documentary.
The long awaited, but timely, comprehensive publication on The United States and Cyprus: Double Standards and the Rule of Law is now completed. The publications contains over 50 speeches given at five conferences sponsored by the AHI from 1988 to 1999 and submitted articles. It includes important statements from U.S. officials, Members of Congress, academics, and others.
The Ambassador of Cyprus to the U.S. Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis welcomed the publication of the book, stating that:
"With Cyprus very much in the news these days, the new AHIF book provides important historical perspective to the current developments from different points of view. I congratulate the editors and contributors for a valuable contribution to the growing literature on the Cyprus issue, which policymakers and researchers will find instructive."
The AHIF feels that the release of this book during this important period in Cyprus' history will help to further support and strengthen the position of Cyprus. The publication is 416 pages with hard-cover.
Blood and Tears is a powerful autobiography set in the turbulent decade of 1940s Greece. Through the eyes of George Papavizas, an impressionable and intelligent young man who came of age in a time of war, foreign occupation, resistance, and civil war, we witness the tragedy and trauma suffered by an entire nation. While uniquely personal, this is also the story of the thousands of young Greek men and women cast unwillingly into the ambivalences and horrors of war and civil war. The author’s descriptions are vivid and convincing. Against a rigorously researched backdrop of the key historical events, we see youthful idealism being forcibly reconciled to the realities of hunger, brutality, dissension, and death. With a keen eye for detail, and reflecting on the mundane as well as the profound, we watch as Greece patriotically fends off foreign invasion and survives years of harsh occupation, but gullibly and disastrously succumbs to the blandishments of utopians.
From the Introduction:
As the years pass, it becomes more and more necessary to recall and record for new generations just how the people of Greece, alone or with allies, gained and held for their country for a century and more the independence and democracy it possesses today—and how in one special moment in history Greece at heavy cost and sacrifice and with great courage and determination played a pivotal role in World War II in defying the forces of tyranny and Axis aggression that were arrayed against not only Greece but the whole of Western civilization. It is an inspiring story.
General Andrew J. Goodpaster, USA (Ret.)
Former Supreme Commander of NATO
Published by American Hellenic Institute Foundation
The American Hellenic Institute Foundation (AHIF) is proud to announce the publication of Modern Greeksby Costas Stassinopoulos. It is a gripping story of struggle and triumph in Greece from 1940 to 1949 and concentrates on three critical phases of Greek history: The war against the Italians and the Germans; the national resistance, and the civil war that followed.
The author fought in the heroic resistance against the fascist invaders and vividly recounts how Greece, ancient cradle of democracy, helped save democracy in its darkest hour. The sacrifice, honor, and successes of the Greek armed forces and the Greek guerrillas drew the admiration of the free world and kindled hope for the final victory of the Allied powers.
The American Hellenic Institute Foundation is pleased to announce the publication of the The Truman Doctrine of Aid to Greece: A Fifty-Year Retrospective This volume is jointly published by the prestigious Academy of Political Science (APS) and AHIF.
The book dramatizes Greece's historic role in the "turning point" in world history in the containment and defeat of communism. Further, it brings to light the lessons to be learned and applied to current foreign policy initiatives in the Eastern Mediterranean duly noting the strategic importance of Greece, both then and now, and policy implications for the U.S.
The book includes the papers presented at the conference held on March 12-13, 1997 in Washington, DC commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Truman Doctrine.
Published in July, 1991. 70 pages. The article discusses the analogy between Iraq's aggression against Kuwait and Turkey's aggression against Cyprus.