Pakistan represents one of the world’s most troubling states in crisis. It is home to an array of terrorist groups that pose threats to international security and, increasingly, to Pakistan itself. It possesses a nuclear arsenal of about seventy to ninety weapons that is rapidly growing, and in the wake of growing instability, could become vulnerable to militants. Bordering a conflict-ridden Afghanistan and poised on a seemingly permanent war footing against India, what happens inside Pakistan’s borders matters deeply to the region and the wider world.
CFR’s “Crisis Guide: Pakistan” traces the evolution of Pakistan and the competing internal and external influences that have contributed to regular upheaval and stunted political and economic development. The Guide combines audio, video, and interactive features to break down the current state of affairs in Pakistan and provides historical context to better understand the root causes of the crisis.
Users participate in the interactive experience, navigating through six chapters of multimedia content: a video overview, a three-part timeline, an interactive catalogue of domestic issues, a map of Pakistan’s rough neighborhood, expert video analysis, and finally, a list of resources for further inquiry. Viewers decide for themselves how to interact with the content. Some may navigate linearly, while others may jump from chapter to chapter, only viewing the elements that are of interest to them.
Crisis Guide: Pakistan differs from traditional international coverage in that it is a piece of “living” content, regularly updated as developments occur, and is a distinctive Internet resource: intelligent yet accessible, deep yet interactive. The unique storytelling techniques used in this feature make it extremely accessible for such a complex subject. For these reasons, we at CFR.org believe Crisis Guide: Pakistan is worthy of a Best of Digital Design Award.
This post was submitted by Hagit Bachrach.