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This month the HJ sits down with Ambassador Eleni Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis who served under President Barak Obama as the highest ranking U.S. representative in Hungary from January 2010 to July 2013.

"During those years," writes Eleftherios Phillipidis, "the Hungarian government adopted a new constitution and passed about 700 laws, including some that gave that country's prime minister extraordinary powers, and that limited democratic rights and liberties such as press freedom."

To learn more about experience there as well as her recent appointment by California Governor Edmond G. Brown Jr., please turn to page 4.

If you weren't in Anaheim, CA this past February with the 5,000 attendees at the annual Folk Dance and Choral Festival, we invite you to turn to page 6 for a lively recap of the weekend's festivities.

Next month, we feature our annual tradition of sharing your Easter Greeting with our readers. To be included, please offer your messages online at or via the coupon on page 2.

Καλή Ανάσταση!

Frosene Phillips


APR 2014


Ambassador Eleni Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis:
A Life of Public Service and International Diplomacy

By Eleftherios Phillipidis

The word “diplomacy” stems from the Greek diploma (δίπλωμα), referring to official documents that were double-folded due to their consequential nature. The practice of international relations in the modern era can be traced back to traditions established in ancient Greece. So it stands to reason that Greek-Americans would make excellent diplomats.

One such example is Ambassador Eleni Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis who served under President Barack Obama as the highest ranking U.S. representative in Hungary from January 2010 until July 2013.

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