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International Policy

The Facts

International Agenda

The U.S. Chamber's Plan to Help Americans Compete and Win in the Worldwide Economy

The United States faces a choice to reach out and seize the benefits of international engagement, or retreat into isolationism. This choice is central to the competitiveness of the U.S. economy and the hopes of hardworking citizens pursuing the American Dream.

America has the most open economy and society in the world. Americans appreciate the benefits of engagement by a two-to-one margin, but some question this openness, wondering whether the unfettered flow of goods, capital, and people helps or hurts the average family. While some are hurt -- and should be helped -- the facts will show that the overwhelming majority of Americans derive great benefits from international engagement.

Read the full International Agenda Here

International Policy Staff

  • John Murphy, Senior Vice President, International Policy
  • Christopher Wenk, Executive Director, International Policy
  • Derek Gianino, Director, International Policy
  • Elizabeth Guillot, Coordinator, International Policy

Center for Global Regulatory Cooperation (GRC)

  • Sean Heather, Vice President, Center for Global Regulatory Cooperation GRC and Executive Director, International Policy & Antitrust Policy
  • Alex Botting, Senior Manager, Center for Global Regulatory Cooperation
  • Kara Sutton, Senior Manager, Center for Global Regulatory Cooperation
  • GRC Website

Recent Activity

Above the FoldNov 14, 2017 - 9:00am
A combine harvesting wheat near Wasco, Oregon.

Terminating NAFTA Would Devastate American Agriculture: The View of a Wheat Farmer

Threats to NAFTA have already hurt U.S. wheat. Mexico is making deals with U.S. competitors Brazil and Argentina.

Above the FoldNov 03, 2017 - 4:15pm
Cattle graze in St. Lucie County, FL.

NAFTA’s Future Spawns Uncertainty and Opportunity for Agriculture and Energy

U.S. farmers and businesses will be successful if negotiations result in greater access to North American markets.

EventOct 31, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:30am
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The Future of NAFTA: The Stakes for American Agriculture and Business

The Future of NAFTA: The Stakes for American Agriculture and Business, will be a half-day event with panels featuring speakers from agriculture and business. This diverse group of experts will share their views on why modernizing NAFTA makes sense — and why withdrawing from the agreement would be a mistake.

Above the FoldOct 16, 2017 - 4:00pm
Canadian, American and Mexican flags stand on stage ahead of the first round of North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations in Washington, D.C.

America Last? Four Examples of How the NAFTA Follies Hurt U.S. Exporters

The administration’s approach to trade is bringing other nations together in new trade deals — without the U.S.

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.

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).

Above the FoldAug 23, 2017 - 9:00am
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer speaks during a news conference Wednesday at the start of NAFTA renegotiations in Washington. | Jacquelyn Martin/AP

What Rules of Origin Mean for North American Competitiveness

[This is part of an ongoing series entitled “Modernizing NAFTA,” which examines the importance of modernizing the N

Above the FoldAug 22, 2017 - 5:00pm
Senator Dick Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois, speaks to reporters after a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015. President Barack Obama and top lawmakers from both parties reached a tentative budget agre

Inverted Logic on Corporate Inversions

Sen. Durbin and Rep. DeLauro are seeking to single out and punish a small number of companies.

LetterAug 22, 2017 - 2:00pm

Letter to USTR Lighthizer on NAFTA Digital Priorities

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce writes to the Honorable Robert Lighthizer to ensure that he urges NAFTA partners avoid innovation-inhibiting practices that undermine the benefits of trade during his negotiations. The letter focuses on digital priorities including electronic transmissions and cyber-security.

Issue BriefAug 18, 2017 - 2:15pm

Strengthen the World Trade Organization

 Despite a number of challenges, the U.S. business community continues to regard the WTO as indispensable. The global rules-based trading system it embodies has benefited the United States and the entire world. Eight successful multilateral negotiating rounds have helped increase world trade from $58 billion in 1948 to well above $20 trillion today.