Magazine December 31, 2020, Issue

The Pompeo Doctrine

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives in Abu Dhabi, November 20. (Patrick Semansky/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
A conversation with the departing secretary of state

Abu Dhabi

By the time I sit down with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a tiny room at the Abu Dhabi Ritz, this whirlwind, COVID-era trip — one of the last of his tenure — is already coming to a close.

His meetings and visits — which included houses of worship in Istanbul, a roundtable with Georgian civil-society groups, two joint pressers with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, stops at an Israeli West Bank settlement and in the Golan Heights, in addition to others — went smoothly. While he has held a handful of interviews with foreign reporters, Pompeo has provided no

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