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AHIF Releases Spring 2019 Issue Of Online Policy Journal

NO. 13

WASHINGTON, DC—The American Hellenic Institute Foundation (AHIF) is pleased to announce the release of the tenth volume of its policy journal. The online journal is available at AHIF Policy Journal website,

With this issue the social policy journal of the AHI Foundation takes on the formal name the American Journal of Contemporary Hellenic Issues. The journal is a forum for commentary and scholarship on issues of vital importance to Greek Americans. In his introduction to the current issue, editor Dan Georgakas writes of the pressing foreign policy issues facing the United States, Greece, and Cyprus and their neighbors in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Balkans.

Georgakas states, “The foreign policy of Turkey under Recep Tayyip Erdogan continues to be a disruptive force in the Eastern Mediterranean, manifesting itself in designs on Thrace, violations of Greek air space, opposition to the unification of Cyprus, and military actions against American allies such as the Kurds. The first two essays in this issue focus on the international agreements currently in force that spell out the rule of law in the Eastern Mediterranean. Nicholas Karambelas, legal counsel to and a director of the American Hellenic Institute, reviews the treaties relating to this region from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present time. Theodore Kariotis, who was a member of Greek delegation to the UN Conference on the Law of the Sea writes about the legal definitions regarding how far off-shore rights extend with special attention to Greek islands adjacent to mainland Turkey.”

Here is a list of the articles.

  • The Treaties of the Aegean Sea: Clash of Nationalisms by Nicholas G. Karambelas, Esq. 

  • The Critical Role of the Exclusive Economic Zone in the Greek-Turkish Dispute by Theodore C. Kariotis

  • Religious Appropriation and Restoration of Empire: Hagia Sophia and Erdogan’s Neo-Ottoman Ambitions by Alexandros K. Kyrou

  • Freedom of the Press in Turkey by Despina Afentouli

  • Remembering the Japanese Ship that Saved Greek Lives: Smyrna, 1922 by Nanako Murata Sawayanagi

  • The Jews of Rhodes: From the Hellenistic Age to the Holocaust by Willard Manus

  • Rethinking Greek American Scholarships: Hellenism Beyond Ethnicity by Yiorgos Anagnostou

Emerging Voices of Greek America:
American Interests in the Eastern Mediterranean by Theofilos Koulianos
Cyprus: More than just an Ethnic Dispute by Elizabeth Tzimopoulos Conway
Disrespect of Religious Sites in Cyprus by Stavros Piperis
Three Poets Address Social Policy
Villhellenelle by George Economou
Xeno, Xeni, Xenitia by Adrianne Kalfopoulou
Advice from Crow by Sam Hamod
Book Review:
Yanis Varoufakis. Adults in the Room: My Battle with the European and American Deep Establishment
Reviewed by Constantine P. Danopoulos