Susanne T. Stirling

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Susanne T. Stirling, vice president, international affairs, has headed CalChamber international activities for more than four decades. She is an appointee of the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to the National Export Council, and serves on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce International Policy Committee, the California International Relations Foundation, and the Chile-California Council. Originally from Denmark, she studied at the University of Copenhagen and holds a B.A. in international relations from the University of the Pacific, where she served as a regent from 2012 to 2021. She earned an M.A. from the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California. See full bio.

U.S., Taiwan Strengthen Ties at Inaugural Trade Meeting in Washington

This week, representatives of the United States and Taiwan met for the first time on the newly agreed upon trade framework meant to strengthen...

World Trade Organization Pledges to Tackle Reform, Extends Digital Trade No-Tax Pact

The World Trade Organization (WTO) held its 12th Ministerial Conference last week in Geneva after thrice postponing the gathering due to the COVID-19 pandemic. By...

CalChamber, Japan Business Leaders Discuss Ways to Collaborate

The 21st annual meeting between the California Chamber of Commerce and Japan business leaders was held in person once again following the COVID-19 pandemic....

CalChamber, Japan Business Leaders Discuss Ways to Collaborate

Leading the Japanese business delegation were Hironori Kobayashi, president of the Japan Business Association of Southern California (JBA) and vice president general administration in...

Western Hemisphere Leaders Gather in Los Angeles for Summit of the Americas

Leaders from the Western Hemisphere, with a few notable absences, gathered in Los Angeles last week for the Ninth Summit of the Americas. The June...

Virtual Summit Reviews Initial Findings of Maritime Data Initiative Meetings

Initial findings from five months of weekly virtual meetings with maritime and intermodal stakeholders were presented on June 1 at a virtual summit of...
International Forum Speakers

Global Trade Issues with Touch of Politics Get Attention at CalChamber Forum

Common challenges facing the global community were the focus of an enthusiastic audience at the California Chamber of Commerce-hosted in-person International Forum last week. Speaking...
District Export Council

2022 National Export Council Meeting Report

The California Chamber of Commerce recently joined nearly 150 trade specialists from across the nation for sessions focused on trade issues at the National...

World Trade Month: International Trade Critical to Weather Economic Downturns

After a year of global economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic that has been hindered by a supply chain crisis, the war in Ukraine...

World Trade Month: International Trade Critical to Weather Economic Downturns

After a year of global economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic that has been hindered by a supply chain crisis, the war in Ukraine...

CalChamber-Hosted Mexico Advocacy Day Lunch Focuses on Future of Bilateral Relationship

On May 3, the California Chamber of Commerce hosted a luncheon for the 13th Annual California Mexico Advocacy Day in conjunction with the Consulate...
Global Supply Chain on Tablet

Federal Maritime Data Initiative Meetings Conclude; Continued Consensus on Need for Better Data

The need for real-time data within the supply chain remained in the spotlight as the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Maritime Data Initiative meetings concluded...

Business Awaits Upcoming Port Worker Negotiations

Major port congestion and the global supply chain have made headlines frequently over the past two years. With labor talks set to begin May...

Biden Signs Legislation to End Trade Relations with Russia, Ban Russian Oil Imports

Last week, President Joe Biden signed legislation ending permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) with Russia and codifying a ban on Russian oil. The bipartisan package,...

Reliable Data Crucial to Efficiency, Preventing Supply Chain Bottlenecks

The March meetings of the Federal Maritime Commission’s (FMC) Maritime Data Initiative maintained the focus of previous sessions on data reliability and the consequences...

U.S.-U.K. Trade Dialogue Resumes; Future Meetings Planned

The United States and the United Kingdom resumed trade talks at the end of March, two years after they were frozen and eight months...

CalChamber Hosts Reception for Japanese Ambassador and Delegation

On Monday, March 21 the California Chamber of Commerce hosted a reception for the Japanese Ambassador to the United States. Ambassador Koji Tomita was accompanied...

Innovation Drives Ireland-California Collaborations in Many Fields

Ireland’s relationship with the United States and especially California is driven by innovation, Consul General Marcella Smyth told a California Chamber of Commerce audience...

Biden Worker-Centered Trade Policy Aims to Strengthen Labor Rights Worldwide

Workers and labor standards around the world are a central element of the Biden administration’s trade policy. The 2022 Trade Policy Agenda and 2021 Annual Report...

Economic Impact of Russia’s Invasion into Ukraine

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will have an impact on the world economy that is still not fully recovered from the pandemic. However, it is...