This paper will examine whether the European liberal democratic model is sufficiently resilient to retain its position of influence in the future. It will examine challenges arising from security and migration issues to this form of governance and its relevance to the Asia Pacific. There is increasing evidence that people in many liberal democracies have become disenchanted with the political classes and are feeling disenfranchised as shown by the recent BREXIT decision and US election outcomes. European and other democracies have struggled to cope with the Syrian civil war and other unresolved regional conflicts. Such conflicts are generating unprecedented numbers of refugees and have nurtured terrorist groups that have inspired or organised attacks, often on civilian targets. This confluence of stresses has led to increased protectionist and nationalist views that had been building across Europe and the Asia Pacific region.