International Affairs Division

The U.S. Chamber’s International Affairs Division advocates for free enterprise, competitive markets, and rules-based trade and investment as the path to opportunity and prosperity for all. The Division’s staff of 70 regional and policy experts advances these principles before the U.S. and foreign governments as it works to shape trade and investment policies and help companies succeed in international markets.

The International Affairs Division of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce leads the business community’s efforts to shape global policy. 

Headquartered near the White House—and with representatives in key foreign capitals—the U.S. Chamber’s International Affairs Division is a powerful advocate for international economic engagement. Our experts work with leaders in business and government to vigorously advance pro-business trade and investment policies that create jobs and spur economic growth.

With unparalleled access to key decision makers in the United States and abroad, we are working to expand U.S. companies’ access to the 95% of the world’s population that lives beyond our borders. We have made significant progress in recent years, but there is still much work left to do.

About Us

The U.S. Chamber’s International Affairs Division has 70 policy experts and advocates based in our Washington, D.C. headquarters, as well as in Belgium, Brazil, China, Ghana, India, and Korea.

Key Assets

  • The American Chambers of Commerce Abroad, part of the U.S. Chamber Federation, includes more than 117 American Chambers of Commerce in 103 countries all around the globe.
  • The Chamber’s bilateral business councils work to advance commercial relations between the United States and key markets around the globe, including Bahrain, Brazil, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, India, Japan, Korea, Pakistan, South Africa, and Turkey.
  • The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), an independent, non-profit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber, helps emerging nations develop the free market practices and democratic institutions they need to succeed in the global economy.
  • The U.S. Chamber’s International Policy Committee (IPC) develops our policy positions relating to international trade and investment and makes recommendations to the Chamber’s board of directors. 

Services

  • Unparalleled advocacy on member issues in Washington and abroad
  • Customized business development and high-level government relations support
  • Access to heads of state and government and other senior foreign and U.S. officials
  • Regular updates on trade and investment developments globally

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs Myron Brilliant participated in a fireside chat with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer at the 2018 Concordia Summit on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

 
During the 73rd Annual United Nations General Assembly,  the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s International Division hosted a series of meetings with numerous heads of state and senior government officials from across the globe.
 

Recent Activity

EventFeb 14, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Keynote Address featuring H.E. Iván Duque Márquez, President of the Republic of Colombia

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will host H.E. Iván Duque Márquez, President of the Republic of Colombia, for a keynote address during his first official visit to Washington, D.C.

ReportFeb 13, 2019 - 3:45pm

Purpose and Prosperity: How U.S. Businesses are Creating Impact in Africa

The report showcases how U.S. corporate investments across Africa, create beneficial economic and social impact by delivering bottom line value for shareholders and communities in which they operate across the continent.

LetterFeb 06, 2019 - 5:15pm

H.R. 948, the No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act (NOPEC)

This letter was sent to the House Committee on the Judiciary, opposing H.R. 948, the No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act (NOPEC).

LetterFeb 06, 2019 - 4:30pm

Trade Security Act

This letter was sent to both chambers of Congress in support of the “Trade Security Act.”

LetterJan 11, 2019 - 4:30pm

United States Reciprocal Trade Act

This letter was sent to the U.S. House of Representatives, opposing the United States Reciprocal Trade Act.

Press ReleaseDec 13, 2018 - 4:00pm

U.S. Chamber Statement on Trump Administration’s Africa Strategy

Strategy Will Develop “Prosper Africa” Initiative to Strengthen Economic TiesWASHINGTON, D.C. — Scott Eisner, president of the U.S. Chamber’s U.S.-Africa Business Center, today released the following statement regarding the Trump administration’s announcement of a new Africa strategy: 

TestimonyDec 09, 2018 - 3:45pm

Charles Freeman Testimony on U.S.-Japan Trade Negotiation Priorities

On Monday, December 10, 2018, U.S. Chamber Senior Vice President for Asia Charles Freeman will testify before the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on negotiating objectives for a U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement.

Press ReleaseDec 04, 2018 - 6:30pm

U.S. Chamber’s Donohue Leads 11th U.S.-China CEO Dialogue

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the China Center for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE) today opened the 11th meeting of the U.S.-China CEO and Former Senior Officials’ Dialogue, co-chaired by U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J.

SpeechDec 04, 2018 - 3:15pm

Thomas J. Donohue Remarks at the 11th U.S.-China CEO and Former Senior Officials’ Dialogue

Remarks byTHOMAS J. DONOHUEPresident and CEO, U.S. Chamber of CommerceWashington, D.C.December 4, 2018

Press ReleaseOct 25, 2018 - 9:00am

U.S. Chamber Business Delegation Affirms Commitment to Bilateral Trade and Economic Development with Egypt

U.S.-Egypt Business Council Launches 40th Anniversary Campaign