On May 16-17, Tomsk hosts the Third Central Asian Conference of the Valdai Discussion Club. The conference topic is “Russia and Central Asia: Aligning With a Changing World”. The conference is dedicated to linking the interests of Russia and the countries of the region with a changing world, understanding where the priorities of Russia and Central Asia fit in, and where they diverge from the logic of global events. The mission of the Club’s Central Asian Conference is to provide Russian and international experts with an opportunity to analyze these issues and find common answers to the ongoing changes. On May 16 the opening and the first session of the conference titled “Political Dialogue and Cooperation: Bilateral and Multilateral Dimensions” took place.