Editor's note

Andrés Manuel López Obrador will be sworn into office on Saturday, five months after a landslide victory in Mexico’s 2018 presidential election. Since July, the incumbent President Enrique Peña Nieto has all but disappeared from the public eye. Obrador, however, has been offering asylum and temporary work permits to refugees, pushing his legislative priorities and deciding the fate of major infrastructure projects. Luis Gómez Romero is concerned about the president-elect’s disregard for constitutional restrictions and how he might use his executive power once in office.

And Sonja Ayeb-Karlsson offers us a window into one woman’s struggle for survival in Bangladesh – a country ravaged by the effects of climate change.

Sasha Petrova

Global Editor, Australia

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Broken campaign promises have supporters wondering whether Andrés Manuel López Obrador will follow through on his commitment to ‘transform’ Mexico. Reuters/Henry Romero

López Obrador takes power in Mexico after an unstable transition and broken campaign promises

Luis Gómez Romero, University of Wollongong

In the five months since Mexicans elected the leftist firebrand to 'transform' their country, Andrés Manuel López Obrador has frustrated his base, worried investors and snubbed the Constitution.

Sahia moved to Singpur with her husband, where they planned to build a life. Sonja Ayeb-Karlsson

Climate change and migration in Bangladesh – one woman’s perspective

Sonja Ayeb-Karlsson, University of Sussex

Sahia and her husband hoped to start a life in Singpur, a village in Bangladesh. But the riverside community found climate change made putting down roots impossible.

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