Dr. Kylie Moore-Gilbert is a scholar of the Middle East at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Her research focuses on the Arab states of the Gulf region.
In September 2018, Moore-Gilbert was detained at Tehran Airport after attending an academic seminar. She was sentenced to ten years in prison by an Iranian Revolutionary court on baseless charges of espionage. Moore-Gilbert spent more than 2 years in Evin and Qarchak prisons before being freed in a prisoner swap in November 2020.
Since her release, she has sought to raise awareness about Iran’s practice of “hostage diplomacy” and draw attention to the fate of other foreign nationals arbitrarily arrested for purposes of diplomatic leverage.