This essay introduces the Symposium on the spatial politics of infrastructure-led development in Pakistan. It situates the Symposium (and the research site of Pakistan) with respect to the geographical literature on infrastructural politics more broadly, and the Belt and Road Initiative specifically. The essay also previews the seven contributing articles of the Symposium through a discussion of three cross-cutting themes: securing the periphery, technologies of urban governance, and contested environments. The essay concludes by calling for the interrogation of infrastructural politics in specific regions as sites within a larger global conjunctural analytical framework.
- Belt and Road Initiative