In this article, NATO Association Program Editor Megan Keli analyzes the use of hybrid warfare in the Western Balkans. Through disinformation campaigns, cyber attacks, local media partnerships, and the like, external actors threaten NATO enlargement in the region and transnational security.
Megan Keli is a Program Editor for the NATO Association of Canada. Born in Albania, she is now in her 4th year at the University of Toronto, St. George, pursuing an Honours Bachelor of Arts (HBA) in International Relations and European Affairs under the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. There, she heads the European Studies Students’ Association (ESSA), through which she has built a network of diplomatic relations for her student body. Megan also studied at The Paris Institute of Political Studies / Sciences Po in France, where she built on her research interests including the securitization of borders and migration, populism and foreign policy, hybrid threats in the Western Balkans, and NATO enlargement. Previously, Megan was a part of the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) as a student clerk where she was first introduced to the world of security and defence.