Last week, Lawfare hosted a screening and panel discussion of the new film Icarus at the Brookings Institution. Benjamin Wittes moderated the conversation with director Bryan Fogel, producer Dan Cogan, Atlantic staff writer Julia Ioffe, and Brookings President Strobe Talbott to discuss the film and its striking similarities to Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.
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We're excited to announce that Lawfare will be hosting a screening of the documentary Icarus on October 19 at the Brookings Institution. Director Bryan Fogel, producer Dan Cogan, Brookings President Strobe Talbott, and the Atlantic's Julia Ioffe will join Benjamin Wittes for a panel discussion following the screening. Join us for What 'Icarus' tells us about Russia's meddling in international affairs: A film screening & discussion:
The new Netflix documentary Icarus may seem at first glance off the beaten path for Lawfare. It's a film about doping in international sports, not national security law or policy. But as I explained when I reviewed it here, it's really about much more than that:
In 2014, an amateur cyclist named Bryan Fogel had an eccentric idea for a film: He had just participated in a prestigious and grueling alpine stage race called the Haute Route in the Alps and had finished in 14th place. He decided to spend the next year not just training, but also doping. He meant to come back and run the race again the following year. He meant to not get caught for the doping. He expected the doping would vault him into the group of elite leaders who had finished above him.