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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., 08/26/2016
E.g., 08/26/2016
Press Release

Group Set to Evaluate International Antitrust Landscape and Interface between Competition and Trade Policy

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today announced it has commissioned a diverse group of leading experts to thoughtfully consider the challenges presented by globally divergent approaches to antitrust and the interface between competition policy and trade policy. After deliberation, the group will issue a series of recommendations for how the United States should approach these challenges.

Friday, August 26, 2016 - 10:15am
Report

The Top 10 Reasons The TPP Works For America

Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 11:45am
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Chamber Center for Global Regulatory Cooperation Vice President Sean Heather issued the following statement on today’s announcement that the U.S. and EU governments will launch a U.S.-EU Financial Regulatory Forum:

Monday, July 18, 2016 - 6:00pm
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs Myron Brilliant today issued the following statement on the signing of the U.S.-EU Privacy Shield agreement:

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 8:45am
Letter

This letter was sent to the members of the House Agriculture Committee expressing concern with the CFTC’s recently proposed regulation on automated trading (Reg AT) in advance of the Committee’s hearing on the issue Wednesday.

Monday, July 11, 2016 - 1:30pm
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs Myron Brilliant released the following statement on the news that the updated text of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Agreement is being presented to the EU’s Member States:

Friday, June 24, 2016 - 2:15pm
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue issued the following statement on the outcome of the British referendum on the continued membership of the United Kingdom in the European Union (EU):

“The British people have opted for change. Whether this break with the status quo benefits the U.K. in the long run will depend chiefly on the choices awaiting policymakers in the months ahead.

Friday, June 24, 2016 - 9:45am