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buffer state

Politics a small neutral state between two rival powers
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Rubin presents Afghanistan as a classical example of how the United States and the Soviet Union used developing countries for their own gains, first employing Afghanistan as a buffer state, and then letting it become a "failed state" by abandoning the country without a stable system of governance.
The tragedy of Korea is that no one really wishes to change the status quo: China wants to keep North Korea as a buffer state, and fears millions of refugees in the event of a North Korean collapse; the South Koreans could never afford to absorb North Korea in the way that West Germany absorbed the broken German Democratic Republic; and neither Japan nor the U.
China prefers the status quo since North Korea acts as a buffer state, even while the North Korean people still suffer,'' said Leonid Petrov, a North Korean expert at the University of Sydney.
Whatever merits Beijing sees in a buffer state on its border are clearly outweighed by North Korea's threat to international peace and security.
Never wanted as a colony, Afghanistan within its present borders was created in the 19 th century as a buffer state -- a protectorate of sorts -- between British India and the ever encroaching Russian empire.
Thailand), to play a balancing act as a buffer state between larger powers.
Like most historians, Whelpton stresses the historical importance of Nepal as a buffer state between the two giants of India and China.
Afghanistan, despite its often impassible terrain and atrocious climate, was strategically important as a buffer state between Russia and Britain, both of whom exercised imperial ambitions.
Ideally, the American strategic establishment should have converted Ukraine into a neutral buffer state initially after having enforced a regime change by ousting incumbent President Viktor Yanukovych through a people's revolt.
Singaporean elder statesman Lee Kuan Yew believes China is less worried about North Korea going nuclear than the prospect of losing it as a buffer state, according to a U.
Musasir was a semi-independent buffer state bordering Mannai between Assyria and Urartu.
When Russia looks pack to that period, it sees the absence of buffer states that exposed it to a lightning Nazi invasion.