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AHI Welcomes Commentary Published by Hudson Institute
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Georgea Polizos
August 26, 2013—No. 51 (202) 785-8430

AHI Welcomes Commentary Published by Hudson Institute 

Commentary Examines Greece’s, Cyprus’s Roles in Eastern Mediterranean; How Turkey’s Policy Runs Counter to U.S.’s

WASHINGTON, DC—The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) welcomes a commentary published August 20, 2013 by the Hudson Institute titled, “Mediterranean Gas Find: A Chance for U.S. to Break with Turkey” by Seth Cropsey, a senior fellow at Hudson Institute, authored the commentary, which draws attention to the key strategic roles Greece and Cyprus play in the eastern Mediterranean. The commentary also raises concern about how current Turkish policy runs counter to U.S. strategy on the Eurasia landmass.

“We applaud Mr. Cropsey’s commentary,” said AHI President Nick Larigakis. “Mr. Cropsey correctly observes that in coordination with Israel, Greece and Cyprus are key nations that are friendly to the West—as well as stable ones—in a region that is otherwise becoming increasingly volatile. Mr. Cropsey also rightly demonstrates how Turkey is a threat to U.S. allies in the region as well as to the region itself.”

He added, “We encourage our audience to share Mr. Cropsey’s commentary with colleagues, family and friends in the community as well as with legislators.”

Mr. Cropsey writes: “A combination of Islamist rule, a neo-Ottoman, ideology and Turkey's attempt to return as the region's hegemon opposes the U.S. goal of a democratic and peaceful region. It threatens America's allies — Greece, Cyprus, Israel, and new EU member Bulgaria, which has complained of Turkey's control over both supplies and prices of the natural gas it transits to the EU. 

“Current Turkish policy runs counter to the traditional goal of U.S. grand strategy that seeks to prevent hegemony on the Eurasian landmass.”

The American Hellenic Institute is a non-profit Greek American public policy center and think tank that works to strengthen relations between the United States and Greece and Cyprus, and within the Greek American community. 

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