WASHINGTON, DC – The American Hellenic Institute Foundation (AHIF) on May 9 announced the release of the 13th volume of its policy journal, the American Journal of Contemporary Hellenic Issues. It is available gratis at the AHIF Policy Journal website: https://www.ahifworld.net/journal-issues.
The current issue is dedicated to Dan Georgakas, the Journal’s long-serving editor whom we lost in late 2021. A brief description of Georgakas’ importance, contributions to Hellenism, and to many other scholarly fields is related by his collaborator, colleague and friend, Dr. Van Coufoudakis. Georgakas will be greatly missed, and his legendary editing and writing skills will always be the standard of excellence for the Journal, as emphasized by Dr. Constantine Hatzidimitriou, the new editor. Most of the contributions in this issue had been selected and partially edited by Georgakas, and so reflect the tradition of varying viewpoints, open dialogue, respect for freedom, democratic values, and the rule of law, that he established and that the new editor will continue.
In his Introduction to the current issue, Hatzidimitriou, comments upon the crisis caused by Russia’s unprovoked war of expansion into Ukraine which has resulted in the displacement of innocent civilians, the loss of thousands of lives, and the destruction of many cities. The first time this has occurred in Europe since World War II, with risks of a more general conflict that could involve nuclear weapons. He goes on to discuss how the international community’s lack of action and application of the rule of law when Turkey invaded Cyprus in 1974, and continued military occupation of the island, is connected to the Ukraine crisis and impacts Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean.
The contributions to this issue focus on three general themes: 1) the commemoration of the centennial of the horrific destruction of Smyrna by the Turks; 2) Greek-America and the larger diaspora; 3) Democratic values, the rule of law, and their relationship to Hellenism.
The article by Panayotis Agelarakis on international law and the destruction of cultural heritage is particularly relevant to events in Ukraine and reminds us of precedents to Russia’s agenda to negate a nation’s identity and cultural heritage. As in the past, the Journal also highlights emerging student voices based on their participation in the AHIF Policy Trip summer program; poetry on social issues, and several book reviews of important publications on modern Greek history, politics, and Greek-American studies. Finally, we have added a new “Letters to the Editor” section which relates important information by Harry Dinella on the threat to Greece’s security presented by Turkey’s development of military drones.
The AHIF wishes to emphasize that the American Journal of Contemporary Hellenic Issues is a forum for varying ideas and voices, not a prescriptive agenda. All unsolicited queries and essays are taken seriously. Their goal remains a healthy American policy regarding the Eastern Mediterranean and a vibrant Greek America that helps inform such a policy. Authors are encouraged to submit completed articles to Yola Pakhchanian via email at: [email protected]
Submission guidelines and publishing information are available on the AHIF website: https://bit.ly/3kSws7d.