The World Affairs Council of Orange County presents:


Featuring Dr. William E. Pomeranz, Director of the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center

This event is made possible through the Kennan Conversation program from the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute. The Kennan Institute’s mission is to improve American understanding about Russia and the wider region.

An In-Person Dinner Event

Date & Time:

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

5:30 PM Reception

6:30 PM Main Program





Speaker Bio:

William Pomeranz is the Director of the Kennan Institute, a part of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars located in Washington, D.C.  He also has taught Russian law at the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies (CERES), Georgetown University.  He hold a B.A. from Haverford College, a M.Sc. from the University of Edinburgh, a J.D. cum laude from American University, and a Ph.D. in Russian History from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London.

Prior to joining the Kennan Institute, Dr. Pomeranz practiced international law in the United States and Moscow, Russia.  He advised clients on investment in the Russian Federation as well as on U.S. anti-money laundering requirements, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and various U.S. sanctions programs.  His research interests include Russian legal history as well current Russian commercial and constitutional law. His academic articles have been published in the Russian ReviewSlavonic and East European ReviewKritikaReview of Central and East European LawDemokratizatsiya, and Problems of Post-Communism. He also has provided commentary and conducted numerous press interviews with CNN, NPR, C-SPAN, Reuters, VOA, Bloomberg, and other media outlets.