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Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert is an Australian political scientist specialising in Islam and the Middle East. Kylie speaks several Middle Eastern languages and has spent significant periods travelling and conducting academic research in the region. In 2018 she was wrongfully detained during a research trip to Iran, and served more than two years of a ten-year sentence before being freed in November 2020 in a prisoner exchange deal negotiated by the Australian government. Kylie is the author of the bestselling 2022 memoir ‘The Uncaged Sky’ and is currently a visiting fellow at the University of Sydney’s Centre for International Security Studies.

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