American Hellenic Institute Foundation
Current AHIF Policy Journal Issue
AHI Foundation Student Foreign Policy Trip
WASHINGTON, DC—The American Hellenic Institute Foundation (AHIF) is pleased to announce the release of its ninth volume of its policy journal. The online journal is available gratis at AHIF Policy Journal website,
The policy journal of the American Hellenic Institute 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.
Georgakas states, “The focus of this particular issue is on Turkish behavior and statements that have rendered Turkey the most dangerous country in the Eastern Mediterranean for the United States, Greece, and Cyprus. Daily provocations of Greek air and sea space may easily lead to a military incident that Turkey could use to advance its territorial ambitions in Thrace, Cyprus, and the Aegean. Prime Minister Erdogan’s questioning the viability of the Lausanne Treaty and his rude behavior during a state visit to Greece reinforce suspicions regarding Turkey’s long-term goals. Any military incident will automatically engage NATO, the EU, and the United States. Given this reality we have dedicated most of this issue to analyze contemporary and historical Turkish acts to speculate on what we may expect in the near future.”
Here is a list of the articles.
Reviewed by Michael Kalafatas
The Rule of Law Lobby: Grassroots Mobilization and the U.S. Arms Embargo on Turkey - 1974-1978
The Rule of Law Lobby: Grassroots Mobilization and the U.S. Arms Embargo on Turkey - 1974-1978 by Van Coufoudakis, Ph. D. and Serge Hadji, Esq. focuses on the grassroots mobilization in the Greek American community following Turkey’s illegal invasion and occupation of Cyprus on July 20, 1974 through the lifting of the U.S. Arms Embargo in 1978.
The mobilization events highlighted in the annotated Chronology record how Greek Americans reacted to the invasion of the Republic of Cyprus by Turkey in 1974. In addition to protesting vociferously and providing humanitarian assistance, the Greek American Community gradually coalesced into a lobby under the newly unfurled banner of the “Rule of Law.” This led to the remarkable accomplishment of cutting off military aid to Turkey under an Arms Embargo imposed by the US Congress.
The annotated Chronology summarizes the activities of the “Rule of Law” lobby from its genesis in 1974 following the Turkish invasion to the lifting of the Arms Embargo on Turkey late in 1978. The chronicle is based primarily on political reporting – all from public sources – on the ongoing developments, and contemporaneous illustrations. A brief annotated Bibliography supplements the historical record.
Kissinger & Cyprus: A Study in Lawlessness by Gene Rossides
The American Hellenic Institute Foundation (AHIF) is pleased to announce its newest publication, Kissinger & Cyprus: A Study in Lawlessness by Gene Rossides and a Foreword by Professor Louis Galambos, Johns Hopkins University, and Editor of The Papers of Dwight David Eisenhower. This book explores four themes. The first is Kissinger's illegal actions and responsibility for the Cyprus tragedy of 1974 and its aftermath. The second is Cyprus’s importance as a strategic, economic, and political asset to Europe and the United States. The third theme is Turkey's actions as a rogue state, its violations of United States and international laws, its history of unreliability as an ally and its moves towards Islamic fundamentalism. The fourth theme is the vital importance to the United States of absolute allegiance to the rule of law. The concluding chapter discusses the need for the United States to redress the situation in Cyprus by pressuring Turkey to withdraw its troops and settlers from Cyprus.
The State Department ignores the role played by Kissinger in Turkey’s invasion of Cyprus in 1974 and fails to acknowledge that the Cyprus crisis would have been avoided had Kissinger followed the policy recommendations put forth by the career foreign service officials, Thomas Boyatt and his colleagues, in 1974.
AHIF Future of Hellenism in America Conference
Each year the conference is held in a different U.S. city to spread the seeds of ideas generated at the conference, and to obtain feedback from the local Greek American community on various challenges facing Hellenism in America. Conference speakers identified key challenges facing the Greek American community today and offered suggestions for the future.