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Syria’s future would be determined by the Arabs, Iran would accept Iraq as a neutral buffer state between it and the Sunni Arab world, and an uneasy peace would prevail.
For him, the matter goes beyond Russia’s historic paranoid need for defense-in-depth buffer states to shield its core centers.
But Beijing is likely to resist that outcome, preferring to keep the North as a buffer state under its control.
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Definition of buffer state for English Language Learners
: a country that is located between two larger countries that often fight with each other
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