The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a Director's Lunch with former Russian Strategic Rocket Forces Vice Commander, General-Colonel Viktor Esin, in the Belfer Center Library (L369).

General – Colonel (retired) Viktor Esin is a fellow at the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of the United States and Canada, and former Chief of Staff and Vice Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Federation Strategic Missile Force.  Between December 1996 and February 2002, Esin worked in the Presidential Administration of Russia: first with the Defence Board, and later with the Security Council.  He is a recognized expert on nuclear weapons, arms control, ballistic missile defense and Russian security issues, consulting with both Russian and U.S. government agencies.

During the Cuban Missile Crisis, then Senior Lieutenant Esin was Acting Chief Engineer of a Soviet SS-4 (Sandal Missile) Regiment, deployed in Sagua La Grande, Santa Clara Province, Cuba, as part of 51st Missile Division.  In an article on the anniversary of the Cuban Crisis, Esin wrote about the dynamics surrounding the nuclear stand-off, a “Parity of fear took shape” during CMC “under which neither USA nor USSR could count on a victory in nuclear war.” (Source: VPK, 10.31.12)

Viktor Esin was born in Moscow on February 14, 1937. In 1961, he graduated from Dzerzhinsky Artillery Academy as mechanic engineer, and in 1983, he earned a degree in command and staff and operational strategic operations at Marshal Voroshilov Military Academy of the General Staff.  Esin served over 37 years in the Strategic Rocket Forces from August 1959 to December 1996.  He is a Professor of Military Science at the Russian Academy of Military Science, and his research interests include international security, disarmament and arms control.

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