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

Recent Activity

Press ReleaseJan 30, 2018 - 4:45pm

U.S. Chamber Hires Charles Freeman to Lead Asia Program, Names Neil Herrington Senior Vice President

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce made two leadership announcements for its International Affairs Division today. Charles Freeman has been hired as Senior Vice President for Asia, and Neil Herrington has been promoted to Senior Vice President for the Americas.

EventJan 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 6:00pm
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Securing Sport 2018: The Business of Protecting the Future of Sport

This exciting forum convened leaders and experts from the world of sport, security, technology, law enforcement, civil society and youth affairs to focus on the key issues affecting sport and which are now under a global spotlight.

EventDec 12, 2017 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm

2017 Global Business Rule of Law Dashboard Release

Release of the 2017 edition of the Rule of Law Dashboard, and a discussion of the implications for global business with corporate, government and civil society leaders.

EventOct 12, 2017 - 8:00am to 9:00am
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Bruno Le Maire, French Minister of the Economy and Finance, Visits the Chamber

On Thursday, October 12, the Chamber's European Affairs Program hosted Bruno Le Maire, France’s Minister of the Economy and Finance.

Press ReleaseOct 11, 2017 - 6:00pm

CEOs from U.S. and Mexico Discuss NAFTA Modernization, Announce Principles to Guide Bilateral Relationship

MEXICO CITY — Business leaders from the United States and Mexico gathered today in Mexico City for the 9th meeting of the U.S.-Mexico CEO Dialogue.

Press ReleaseOct 10, 2017 - 11:00am

Chambers of Commerce from All 50 States Urge Trump Administration to Modernize NAFTA, “Do No Harm”

Donohue: “We stand firmly on the side of a modern NAFTA that meets the needs of our 21st century economy”

SpeechOct 10, 2017 - 10:00am

Preserving North American Growth, Jobs, and Competitiveness

Tom Donohue's address to the AmCham Mexico on Preserving North American Growth, Jobs, and Competitiveness.

LetterOct 10, 2017 - 9:15am

Coalition Chamber Federation Letter on NAFTA to the President and Congress

This coalition letter, undersigned by more than 310 state and local chambers of commerce from across the United States support efforts to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Op EdSep 24, 2017 - 1:00pm

Wall Street Journal Op-Ed: A Nafta Exit Would Be a Rotten Deal

Tom Donohue illustrates why a Nafta exit is a bad idea.

EventSep 21, 2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
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AACCLA's 50th Annual Meeting and Forecast on Latin America and the Caribbean Conference

The “Forecast” conference convenes key players in the Americas and offers valuable insights from top strategists and public- and private-sector leaders.