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 100 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 100 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 118 American Chambers of Commerce in 105 countries all around the globe.
  • The Chamber’s 17 bilateral business councils work to advance commercial relations between the United States and key markets around the globe, including Argentina, Bahrain, Brazil, China, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Egypt, India, Iraq, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Pakistan, South Africa, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.
  • 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

Recent Activity

Press ReleaseJul 10, 2020 - 5:30pm

U.S. Chamber’s Brilliant: 'France’s unilateral and discriminatory digital services tax only adds to the headwinds facing the global economy'

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Myron Brilliant, executive vice president and head of International Affairs, at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, issued the following statement today following news that the U.S. plans to retaliate against France’s digital services tax (DST):

Letters to CongressJul 08, 2020 - 11:45am

U.S. Chamber Letter on FY21 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations

This Hill letter was sent to the House Committee on Appropriations, on Fiscal Year 2021 Appropriations for State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs.

Issue BriefJun 29, 2020 - 3:45pm

U.S.- Israel Collaboration in Health Innovation

A public policy roadmap to advance greater collaboration in health technology and innovation between the U.S. and Israel CONTACT Josh Kram, Executive Director, International A!airsjkram@uschamber.com

Above the FoldJun 10, 2020 - 3:30pm
U.S.-Iraq Business Council

Reimagining the U.S.-Iraq Relationship

U.S.-Iraq Business Council leadership breaks down how to grow our bilateral economic relationship with Iraq following the COVID-19 crisis.

Above the FoldMay 27, 2020 - 11:30am
U.S. & Brazil Flags

Recommendations for a U.S.-Brazil Digital Trade Agreement

The Brazil-U.S. Business Council explains the importance of pursuing a digital trade agreement as the U.S. partnership with Brazil expands.

Above the FoldApr 14, 2020 - 9:15am
US and Mexico Flags

Success in Fighting COVID-19 Depends on U.S.-Mexico Cooperation on Essential Industries

The U.S. and Mexico should work immediately to align as closely as possible around the CISA guidance to keep supply chains in tact.

Issue BriefJan 09, 2020 - 10:00am

International Trade, Investment, and Regulatory Policy Objectives in 2020

New for 2020, the Chamber outlines the top policy priorities for international trade and investment. The Chamber advocates for trade and investment agreements that are fair and accountable create a level playing field and put American families and workers first. 

Press ReleaseDec 19, 2019 - 4:30pm

U.S. Chamber Statement on House Passage of USMCA

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Thomas J. Donohue issued the following statement today after the U.S. House of Representatives passed USMCA on a bipartisan basis:

ReportNov 20, 2019 - 12:00pm
Indonesia Report Cover Graphic

Making an Impact: The U.S.-Indonesia Investment Report

The 7th annual U.S.-Indonesia Investment Report, contends whether we are considering the important and continuing legacy of existing industries or the more recent role played by innovative and leading-edge tech and health companies, the U.S. has brought true partnerships, core business values and unsurpassed technology to Indonesia.

EventNov 04, 2019 - 8:20am to 6:20pm

Indo-Pacific Business Forum 2019

The INDO-PACIFIC BUSINESS FORUM will be held in Bangkok, Thailand on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit (EAS) and will bring together key U.S. Cabinet Secretaries and senior leaders from U.S. government and business to discuss how government tools and policies can facilitate private sector partnerships to unleash the full potential of the Indo-Pacific region. First held at the U.S.