Two Freedoms


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A bold call for a Canadian foreign policy that advances the basic freedoms that enable peace, stability, development, and security.

What ends should a democratic country’s foreign policy serve? Avoiding diplomatic disputes? Keeping allies happy? Promoting national and global security? While a qualified yes is the logical answer to all of these secondary questions, Two Freedoms argues for something more, something that reflects Canada’s commitment, at home and abroad, to the two key freedoms: freedom from want and freedom from fear.

Two Freedoms examines the costs of allowing these freedoms to die or diminish and at how a country can design a foreign policy that makes the pursuit of these freedoms real and practical. To design a genuine foreign policy of purpose and substance, a country must look at what it would mean for its diplomats, its military, its development aid, and its relations with important multilateral organizations like the U.N. To achieve a goal, a foreign policy needs good strategy, tactics, and design. These key elements are all found in Two Freedoms.


In a West paralyzed by doubt, and in a Canada complacent about its role, Two Freedoms: Canada’s Global Future is an appeal for both wisdom and the courage to meet the challenge. It should be heeded by us all.

Thomas Axworthy, political strategist and policy advisor

Fluent, lively and drawing on deeply held convictions of a distinctly progressive conservative variety … Provide[s] a bird’s-eye view of foreign policy.

Literary Review of Canada

About the Author

Hugh Segal

Posted by Dundurn Guest on October 13, 2015
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Hugh Segal

Hugh Segal has been active in foreign and security policy for over thirty years, and has chaired the Senate Foreign Affairs and Special Anti-Terrorism committees and the Canadian Institute for Strategic Studies. He is a Senior Fellow of the Munk School of Global Affairs and the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute in Calgary, and was elected the Fifth Master of Massey College. Hugh lives in Kingston.