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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.

This is an exciting time to be conducting business internationally, and I encourage you to join with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in this great work. Together, we can create new opportunities around the globe.

Myron Brilliant

Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs

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 also include:

  • 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. 

International Priorities

  • Reach new trade and investment agreements to ignite U.S. economic growth, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, and the Trade in Services Agreement.
  • Revitalize the World Trade Organization with a focus on implementation of the new Trade Facilitation Agreement and concluding separate negotiations on trade in IT products and environmental goods.
  • Press for negotiation of strong investment treaties with China, India, and other countries.
  • Preserve continued access to trade finance through the U.S. Export-Import Bank.
  • Modernize export controls to enhance national security and competitiveness.
  • Renew the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB).

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

Timeline

The latest updates across all U.S. Chamber properties

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E.g., 07/01/2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs Myron Brilliant issued the following statement on the administration’s new proposal to address data localization requirements affecting the financial services sector in U.S. trade and investment agreements:

“We applaud the collaboration between the administration, Congress, and industry to get the policy right on cross-border data flows for companies of all sectors and sizes, including financial services.

4 days 6 hours ago
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs Myron Brilliant welcomed the release of the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) report on the likely impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on the U.S. economy with the following statement:

1 week 6 days ago
Press Release

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the China Center for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE), one of China’s most influential think tanks, this afternoon opened the eighth meeting of the U.S.-China CEO and Former Senior Officials’ Dialogue. The meeting is being led by U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue and CCIEE Chairman and Former Vice Premier Zeng Peiyan. They are being joined by leading CEOs, former cabinet officials, and think tank experts for two days of discussions at the Chamber. Senior U.S. government officials will address the delegates on a range of important topics in the economic relationship.

1 week 6 days ago
Speech

Remarks by
THOMAS J. DONOHUE

President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Washington, D.C.
May 18, 2016

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. On behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. business delegation, we are excited to be hosting the 8th U.S.-China CEO and Former Officials’ Dialogue here in Washington.

I’d like to thank CCIEE Chairman and former Vice Premier Zeng Peiyan for his valued partnership.

1 week 6 days ago
Issue Brief

Congress has mandated that the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) must prepare “a report assessing the likely impact of the agreement on the United States economy as a whole and on specific industry sectors” in advance of congressional consideration a new trade agreement. Historically, USITC estimates in this regard have proven to be quite conservative, as seen in the examples in this Issue Brief.

1 week 6 days ago
Issue Brief

Given the trillions of dollars in trade and investment across the Atlantic, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its members have a critical interest in the success of the EU’s efforts to boost growth and competitiveness. An energy policy that respects both economic and environmental objectives through increased transatlantic cooperation in energy security, energy trade, and the mutual development of new technologies through joint research should be central to that effort.

3 weeks 6 days ago