2010 Outlook: New Year, New Decade, New Challenges

The year 2010 has opened amid generalized—–but tempered—optimism about the global economic and financial outlook. The unprecedented scale and scope of the anti-crisis measures taken during the past year—and the unprecedented degree of multilateral policy coordination involved in their design and implementation—appear to have succeeded in averting a downturn of historic proportions. But looking forward, the new decade is ushering in a series of at least five key challenges.