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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.


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.”


2bAHI Celebrates Greek Independence Day at the White House and NYC

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) celebrated Greek Independence Day at the White House on March 24, 2017.  AHI President Nick Larigakis, AHI Foundation President Constantine Galanis, and AHI Board Members Leon Andris, Athina Balta, Esq., Ph.D.; Peter Bota, and Demitrios Halakos attended the ceremony officiated by President Donald J. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios. White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and White House Director of the Office of Public Liaison George Sifakis also offered remarks.


AHI President Departs for First-ever Visit to Australia

WASHINGTON, DC — American Hellenic Institute (AHI) President Nick Larigakis departs for AHI’s first-ever official visit to Australia to meet with communities in four cities: Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, and Canberra.  In each city, President Larigakis will deliver a major speech. The two-week visit begins March 27 and concludes April 11, 2017.


2AHI President Serves as Grand Marshal of Tarpon Springs Greek Independence Parade

WASHINGTON, DC — AHI President Nick Larigakis served as one of five Grand Marshals at the Tarpon Springs, Fla., Greek Independence Day parade held March 19, 2017.  


AHI Takes Issue with United CEO’s Criticism of New Emirates Route to Athens

WASHINGTON, DC —The American Hellenic Institute wrote to United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz to express “profound disappointment” with his 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 Submits Testimony to House Appropriations Subcommittee on FY2018 Foreign Aid to Southeastern Europe, Eastern Mediterranean

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) submitted testimony to the House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs on the Trump Administration’s foreign aid proposal for FY2018 on March 21, 2017.


2017ahidinnerjournalAHI Makes Available Awards Dinner Journal

WASHINGTON, DC — We would like to thank the honorees, guests and supporters for making the 42nd Annual Hellenic Heritage Achievement & National Public Service Awards Dinner a great success.

Please click here to take a look at our 42nd Annual Dinner Ad Journal.