Infrastructure Communication in International Relations

Carolijn van Noort

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This book demonstrates how infrastructure projects and communications thereof are strategized by rising powers to envision progress, to improve the actor’s international identity, and to substantiate and leverage the actor’s vision of international order. While the physical aspects of infrastructure are important, infrastructure communication in International Relations demands more scholarly attention.

Using a case study approach, Carolijn van Noort examines how rising powers communicate about infrastructure internationally and discusses the significance of these communication practices. The four case studies include BRICS’s summit communications about infrastructure, Brazil’s infrastructure promises to Africa, China’s communication of the Belt and Road Initiative in East Africa, and Kazakhstan’s news media coverage of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Van Noort highlights the fact that the link between infrastructure, identity, and order-making is arbitrary and thus contested in practice, with rising powers operationalizing infrastructure communication in international relations in varied ways. She argues that both communication organization and the visuality of strategic narratives on infrastructure influence the international communication of infrastructure vision and action plans, with different levels of success.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages152
ISBN (Print)9780367557362
Publication statusPublished - 8 Nov 2020

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in Global Information, Politics and Society


  • international relations
  • China
  • strategic narratives
  • infrastructure
  • communication
  • Brazil
  • Kazakhstan
  • Belt and Road Initiative


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