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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

E.g., 02/10/2016
E.g., 02/10/2016
Press Release

MIAMI–Coming off a successful 2015 that included integration of 24 American Chambers of Commerce with the U.S. Chamber, the American Association of Chambers of Commerce in Latin America (AACCLA) today completed its 2016 “Outlook on the Americas” Conference, setting the year’s agenda for businesses in the Western Hemisphere.

5 days 1 hour ago
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs Myron Brilliant issued the following statement as the U.S. and 11 other Asia-Pacific nations signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) today in a ceremony in New Zealand:

6 days 22 hours ago
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.–U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs Myron Brilliant released the following statement today on the U.S.-EU Privacy Shield pact, which succeeds the Safe Harbor agreement struck down last year:

1 week 1 day ago
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Brazil-U.S. Business Council formally released the results of a trade study it conducted assessing the impact of a U.S.-Brazil trade agreement on the U.S economy. The study results show that a trade agreement, once fully implemented, would have a positive impact on the U.S. economy, increasing national income, bilateral trade, wages and employment.

1 week 6 days ago
Testimony

Scott Eisner's testimony to the U.S. Trade Representative on January 28, 2016. 

1 week 6 days ago
Press Release

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA — In collaboration with the Committee for International Trade (CIT) at the Council of Saudi Chambers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce today kicked off the inaugural U.S.-Saudi Arabia CEO Summit here, bringing together high-level business executives from the United States and Saudi Arabia with the objective of exploring how to enhance and increase bilateral economic activity to the benefit of both countries.

2 weeks 3 days ago