2017 Annual Report

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"All of AHI’s policy-based programs and initiatives for 2017 that advance the best interests of the United States on issues of importance to the Greek American community are encapsulated in this report,” President Nick Larigakis said. “We are proud to highlight a few milestone events as well as our successful programs, which include our ‘Future of Hellenism in America’ conference, foreign policy trip abroad for college students, and several policy forums, among other initiatives and events.”


AHI Policy Statements

The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) announced the release of its updated Policy Statements for 2016. The policy statements discuss issues affecting the Greek American community as they pertain to United States relations with Greece, Cyprus, and Turkey. In addition, the statements include in its appendices AHI’s fact sheet detailing Greece’s contributions to United States interests in the eastern Mediterranean and to NATO and other resources, including full-length statements from government officials. 

“We strongly urge everyone to utilize the policy statements to their full potential, educating policymakers and creating awareness of the issues to the community at-large,” AHI President Nick Larigakis said. “The positions presented advocate for the application of the rule of law and are in the best interests of the United States. We also sincerely thank the large number of organizations that have endorsed the policy statements.”

Issues Discusses in Policy Statements: 

  • Greece

    • Aegean Sea Boundary
    • FYROM Name Recognition
    • Greek Minority in Albania
  • Cyprus

    • Support A Solution By Cypriots For Cypriots
    • Turkey's New Threat To Peace & Energy Security
    • Lift United States Arms Embargo On Cyprus
  • Ecumenical Patriarchate & Halki Theological School

    • Recognize the Greek Pontian Genocide
  • Turkey

    • Critical Review of U.S. Policy Towards Turkey Needed

The policy statements are approved by several membership-based organizations including:

  1. American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA)
  2. American Hellenic Council of California
  3. Armenian National Committee of America
  4. Cyprus Federation of America
  5. Evrytanian Association of America “Velouchi”
  6. Hellenic American National Council (HANC)
  7. Hellenic American Leadership Council (HALC)
  8. International Coordination Committee-Justice for Cyprus (PSEKA)
  9. Pancretan Association of America
  10. Pan-Pontian Federation of U.S.A and Canada
  11. Panepirotic Federation of America
  12. United Chios Societies of America and Canada

AHI, Lexington Institute Co-Host Presentation Announcing Release Of Souda Bay White Paper

The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) and Lexington Institute, a nonprofit public-policy research organization, co-hosted a presentation on Capitol Hill to announce the release of a Lexington Institute white paper, “Souda Bay: NATO’s Military Gem in the Eastern Mediterranean,” March 21, 2016, Rayburn House Office Building.  The presentation featured the white paper’s author, Dr. Daniel Goure, vice president, Lexington Institute; and Greece’s Minister of Defense, Panos Kammenos.  AHI President Nick Larigakis moderated.  


Monograph Published By Hudson Institute Demonstrates Importance Of Eastern Mediterranean

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The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) welcomes a monograph published by the Hudson Institute titled, “U.S. Policy and the Strategic Relationship of Greece, Cyprus, and Israel: Power Shifts in the Eastern Mediterranean” by Seth Cropsey, director, Center for American Seapower. The monograph is the culmination of Hudson Institute’s work on a project centered on research conducted for the past year and a half about security in the eastern Mediterranean, specifically energy security.