FRENEMIES: Friend of Today, Enemy of Tomorrow

Over the many years that George C. Marshall played an active role in major world affairs, he saw the relationships between the United States and other countries, as well as his personal relationships with many leaders, change dramatically. In the aftermath of World War II former allies such as the Soviet Union and China became fierce enemies of the United States. The conclusion of World War II and Marshall’s subsequent resignation as Army chief of staff resulted in gradual changes in Marshall’s domestic relationships as well. 

The new exhibit Frenemies reveals some of these changing relationships and the patience with which Marshall navigates through some of his most difficult diplomatic experiences at home and abroad. In some cases Marshall must lose ground in order to keep the peace. The exhibit features episodes of cooperation and conflict that occurred between Marshall and some of the most prominent leaders of the time including: 

Winston Churchill
Dwight Eisenhower
Joseph Stalin
Harry Truman
Chiang Kai-Shek 

“In any event it goes to prove that the friend of today may be the enemy of tomorrow, and that the road over which one advances to victory might be the identical route of withdrawal in defeat.”–George C. Marshall 

FRENEMIES: Friend of Today, Enemy of Tomorrow will be on display beginning Tuesday, July 10, 2018 and run through December 15, 2018. 

For a more in-depth look at Marshall’s relationship with Chiang Kai-Shek and other Chinese leaders during the year he served as Special Ambassador to China, please join us for: 

“Marshall’s China Mission” with Daniel Kurtz-Phelan, executive editor of Foreign Affairs andauthor of The China Mission: George Marshall’s Unfinished War, 1945-1947 .

Thursday, July 26, 2018
5:30 pm with reception to follow.

Pogue Auditorium
George C. Marshall Museum
VMI Parade, Lexington, Virginia

Reservations required by email to or by calling Leigh McFaddin at 540-463-7103. Seating will be first come, first served. Members and students will be admitted free; non-members will pay $15 at the door.

A part of the George C. Marshall Legacy Series sponsored by Carnegie Corporation of New York