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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.



 

AHI Legal Counsel Appears on CGTN America to Discuss Latest on Greece’s Debt Crisis

WASHINGTON, DC —Nicholas G. Karambelas, Esq., legal counsel to the American Hellenic Institute (AHI), and partner in Sfikas & Karambelas LLP, appeared on CGTN America’s “Global Business America” program, June 15, 2017, to discuss the latest developments with Greece’s debt crisis with CGTN’s Rachelle Akuffo.

 

2017PR28AHI Welcomes Cypriot Member of Parliament Neofytou to Hellenic House

WASHINGTON, DC — Member of the Cypriot House of Representatives, Averof Neofytou, who chairs the House’s Economics and Budget Committee, visited Hellenic House to meet with American Hellenic Institute (AHI) representatives, June 5, 2017.

 

American Jewish and Greek American Organizations Welcome Third Trilateral Summit

WASHINGTON (June 16, 2017)—The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (Order of AHEPA), American Hellenic Institute (AHI), B’nai B’rith International, and Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations issued the following joint statement:

 

01AHI Conducts Annual Trip to Greece, Cyprus

13th Athens Awards Dinner Held, Draws Largest Crowd Ever

WASHINGTON, DC —A delegation from the American Hellenic Institute (AHI) successfully completed the organization’s annual leadership trip to Greece and Cyprus where it held substantive meetings with high-ranking government officials with the purpose of strengthening relations and addressing issues of mutual interest.  The 10-day trip occurred May 6 to 18, 2017.

“We had a very productive series of high-visibility meetings in Greece and Cyprus,” President Nick Larigakis said.  “We accomplished the objectives we set out to achieve, and the briefings we received on issues of importance to the Greek American community were insightful and informative. We thank all of the leaders who took the time to meet with us to discuss these very important issues.”  

 

In Wake of Attack, AHI Requests Hearing to Reassess Relations with Turkey

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) sent a letter to the heads of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats, requesting an extensive hearing on Turkey’s history of violating U.S. laws and for the need to reassess relations between the United States and Turkey following the attack upon protesters by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security detail.

 

AHI Commends Congressman Bilirakis for Demanding Justice for Protesters Attacked by Turkish Security Detail

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Representative Gus M. Bilirakis (R-FL), co-chair, Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, and co-chair, Congressional Hellenic Israeli Alliance, spearheaded a letter to the Trump administration demanding justice for the Americans attacked by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s security detail.  The letter, co-authored by House Foreign Affairs Chairman Emeritus Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), calls for Turkish personnel based in the U.S. or Turkey who were involved in the attacks be expelled immediately and barred from entering the U.S. in the future. Forty U.S. representatives signed the letter.

 

AHIF Fellow Presents Paper on Cyprus Invasion at Conference on the Cold War

WASHINGTON, DC – Gregory Graves, an American Hellenic Institute Foundation (AHIF) research fellow, joined approximately 20 young scholars in Santa Barbara, Calif., for the annual Graduate Student Conference on the Cold War, April 28, 2017, held jointly by The George Washington University, University of California at Santa Barbara, and the London School of Economics. Graves participated as a panelist on the conference’s second panel, focusing on the global 1970s.  He presented a paper titled, “Five Days in July: Tilting Toward Taksim.” 

 

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.