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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.


Congressman Bilirakis Submits AHI Letter into Congressional Record

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Representative Gus M. Bilirakis (R-FL), co-chair, Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, and co-chair, Congressional Hellenic Israeli Alliance, submitted into the Congressional Record, American Hellenic Institute’s (AHI) May 1, 2017 letter to President Donald J. Trump ahead of President Trump’s scheduled meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House, May 16, 2017.  


AHI Calls for Reassessment of Relationship with Turkey ahead of President Trump’s Meeting with President Erdogan

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) sent a letter to President Donald J. Trump ahead of his scheduled meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House, May 16, 2017.  

In the May 1, 2017 letter, AHI President Nick Larigakis requested that Turkey’s provocations, which have created instability in the eastern Mediterranean and which are not in the best interests of the United States, be raised during their meeting.  Larigakis cited rising tensions in the Aegean, Turkey’s recent incursion into Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ), and President Erdogan’s alarming rhetoric toward the European Union, as how Turkey has been a force of instability.


AHI President Concludes Successful First-ever Visit to Australia

WASHINGTON, DC — American Hellenic Institute (AHI) President Nick Larigakis concluded AHI’s first-ever official visit to Australia, March 27 to April 11, 2017, where he met with Greek Australian communities and public officials in four cities: Canberra, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney.  In each city, he delivered a major speech.


AHI Receives United’s Views on Greek Air Service Market

WASHINGTON, DC —United Airlines wrote to the American Hellenic Institute (AHI), expressing how the company views the Greek tourism and air service market in response to a March 20, 2017 letter AHI President Nick Larigakis sent to United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz that conveyed “profound disappointment” with Munoz’s comments that attacked the launch of Emirates Airline’s year-round, non-stop daily service from Newark Liberty International Airport to Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, Athens, Greece.  


AHI Hosts 42nd Anniversary Hellenic Heritage Achievement and National Public Service Awards Dinner

Weekend Events Include Briefing with Greek, Cypriot Envoys; Greek Night at Kellari

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) hosted its 42nd Anniversary Hellenic Heritage Achievement and Public Service Awards Dinner, March 11, 2017, Capital Hilton, Washington, D.C.


14AHI Hosts Annual Congressional Salute to Greek Independence Day

WASHINGTON, DC—The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) celebrated the 196th anniversary of Greek Independence Day by hosting its annual “Congressional Salute to Greek Independence Day,” March 22, 2017.  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 Raises Concerns Ahead of Secretary Tillerson’s Visit to Turkey

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) sent a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ahead of his one-day visit to Turkey, March 30.  


1AHI Hosts Briefing with Top Greek, Cypriot Diplomats to U.S.

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) hosted a breakfast briefing with Ambassador Haris Lalacos, ambassador of the Hellenic Republic to the U.S., and Ambassador Leonides Pantelides, ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to the U.S., March 11, 2017, at the Capital Hilton. AHI President Nick Larigakis moderated.

In his opening remarks, President Larigakis addressed the importance of two major crises challenging Greece and Cyprus and added that Turkey presents an additional challenge to an already delicate situation.


The Washington Times Publishes AHI’s Letter to the Editor on Turkish FM’s Op-ed

WASHINGTON, DC The Washington Times published the American Hellenic Institute’s letter to editor, “Turkey preventing peace in Cyprus,” March 27, 2017. AHI President Nick Larigakis wrote the letter in response to a March 19, 2017 op-ed by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu titled, “Turkey’s vision for Cyprus.”