Two very interesting developments came to my attention over the past few days, and both of them say something about Tulane's international involvements in very different parts of the world.
Professor Emeritus Thanassi Yiannopoulos, the editor of the Louisiana Civil Code, was notified that the Chinese translation of the 2010 edition of the Louisiana Civil Code has been published in China. This is noteworthy because it appears that the Chinese Parliament is looking to Louisiana's civil code in enacting its own civil code.
Professor Colin Crawford, our new Executive Director of the Payson Center for International Development, notes two recent publications by Payson Center adjunct faculty Patrick Vinck and Phuong Pham, based on their research in the Central African Republic on exposure to violence. Vinck and Pham found that relatively few of the deaths in the Central African Republic were directly linked to the ongoing violent conflict in that country. However, the war has led to a humanitarian disaster as infrastructure has crumbled and government services have disintegrated. The research itself was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/reprint/304/5/544, and commentary on the research appears in Foreign Policy, http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2010/08/03/the_fastest_to_die