WASHINGTON, DC —Ekathimerini, the online version of the Athens, Greece daily newspaper Kathimerini, published a commentary authored by American Hellenic Institute (AHI) President Nick Larigakis titled, “US policy toward Greece and Cyprus: The need for an institutional mind-set,” on February 5, 2019. Ekathimerini showcased the commentary as an “Editor’s Pick.”
In the piece, President Larigakis presents the need for an institutional mindset in Washington, DC, following the resignation of Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs A. Wess Mitchell, which is due to take effect on February 15. Larigakis commends Mitchell’s work on U.S. relations with Greece and Cyprus, describing it as a “breath of fresh air.” However, Larigakis writes, “…Mitchell’s departure should also be a signal to our community that we cannot rely or depend on one government official for the successful implementation of our policy positions. Ultimately, Washington is a transient city and these public officials come and go.” As a result, Larigakis notes the importance to advocates of strong U.S. relations with Greece and Cyprus to work toward having their policies and messaging become institutionalized in the policy circles of Washington.