Last evening, Daniel Kurtz-Phelan, executive editor of Foreign Affairs, spoke about George C. Marshall’s 13-month mission to China, which is the subject of his recently published book The China Mission: George C. Marshall’s Unfinished War, 1945-1947.
Kurtz-Phelan kicked off the “Friends” in High Places sequence of the Marshall Legacy Series, by offering new insights into Marshall’s efforts to establish an U.S.-allied democratic government in China. Although Marshall was unsuccessful in resolving what Kurtz-Phelan described as “the hardest ever problem in American foreign policy,” the outcome had a profound impact on Marshall’s later work as secretary of state and secretary of defense. The failure of the China Mission also influenced U.S. foreign policy, U.S. Cold War strategy, and the U.S.-China relationship for decades afterwards.
The video of Daniel Kurtz-Phelan’s complete presentation can be viewed below or on the Marshall Foundation’s YouTube channel.