Sovereign Debt Crisis Could Be Story of 2010

The opening last week in Dubai of the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building at 2,717 feet, is a physical reminder of an underappreciated risk for 2010: the possibility that countries that rode the debt issuance boom of the mid-2000s will have trouble paying their creditors. (The Philadelphia Inquirer and Britain's The Independent have also documented the human cost of Dubai's rapid construction.)