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. Second session of the conference was titled “The Role of Russia and Central Asia in the New World Economy”.