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

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

EventSep 24, 2018 - 8:00am to 6:00pm

The New Digital Economy: Creating Thailand-U.S. Commercial Opportunities

Focusing on this next stage of Thailand’s development, we will explore the frameworks and policy needed to promote the growth of cutting edge industries.

Above the FoldAug 02, 2018 - 2:30pm
A worker stacks a straw bale at a recently harvested wheat field in the village of Kirkland in Dekalb, Illinois

‘We’re to the Breaking Point:’ New Tariffs Sow Seeds of Fear Across America’s Heartland

“We’d rather have trade. Any aid package, no matter what dollar amount, is a Band-Aid on an arterial bleed.”

SpeechJul 30, 2018 - 9:45am

Thomas J. Donohue Remarks at the Indo-Pacific Business Forum

  Indo-Pacific Business ForumRemarks as prepared for delivery byTHOMAS J. DONOHUEPresident and CEOU.S. Chamber of Commerce Good morning everyone.

LetterJun 13, 2018 - 10:00am

Fiscal Year 2019 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Bill

This letter was sent to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs as the Subcommittee prepares to consider the Fiscal Year 2019 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations bill.

Press ReleaseMay 30, 2018 - 7:30am

U.S. Chamber Statement on Additional Steel, Aluminum Tariffs and Quotas

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs Myron Brilliant issued the following statement today regarding the upcoming June 1 deadline for exemptions from proposed steel and aluminum tariffs:

Press ReleaseMay 24, 2018 - 12:30pm

U.S. Chamber Statement on Potential Auto Tariffs

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue issued the following statement today in response to the Commerce Department announcement that it will launch an investigation under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 into whether imports of vehicles and auto parts harm national security: