The next big international chess event on the horizon is the Chess Olympiad. Official website.
I really love the by-line "Let's meet where the continents meet..." Actual OTB action begins on August 28th, 10 days away!
List of registered countries.
Of course, I'm biased toward my home country of the USA, and Mr. Don's country, Canada. But I have individual player favorites, too, and they're from all over the place!
I'm not sure I counted exactly right, but it appears that 131 countries this year are sending women's team to the Olympiad, and 162 men's teams. In this day and age, so sad and shame on you, countries, for shorting female chess players their chance to play on an international stage! It isn't necessarily poor countries, either, that are not fielding a team of female chess players. You can see for yourself from the list of registered countries which ones are not fielding a female team. I think it speaks for itself.
On the USA Men's Team, I will be rooting for GM Ray Robson (2601), who is the Board 5 players. While the youngest team member by far, he is already a seasoned veteran! Go Ray!