Third Central Asian Conference of the Valdai Discussion Club
Tomsk, the Russian Federation

On May 16-17, Tomsk hosted the Third Central Asian Conference of the Valdai Discussion Club. The conference topic was “Russia and Central Asia: Aligning With a Changing World”.

In keeping with tradition, the conference was held in Russia. This year the Club moved from the Volga region to the east, to the very heart of Siberia. The Valdai Club has repeatedly organised events in Siberia; exactly six years ago it co-hosted a discussion in Tomsk dedicated to the intellectual potential of Russia. This time, Tomsk State University, the oldest centre of professional training in Siberia, which celebrates its 145th anniversary this year, was chosen as the venue.