The New York Fed president is known for his insights on ‘90s international crises.
The fund seeks to soften effects of the financial collapse, but many Asian leaders – citing bad advice from the '97 crisis – are wary of conditions attached to assistance.
An auto bailout, a second stimulus package, and foreclosure help are on hold as Washington awaits the new administration.
A period of reestablishing relations with Iran's partners seems likely. Also expect contacts with lower-tier Iranian officials.
The housing-bubble collapse makes recovery hard to predict.
In what terrorism analysts say is an attempt to show that the president-elect may not meet Muslims' expectations for change in the Middle East, Ayman al-Zawahiri called Obama 'dishonorable.'