buffer zone

noun
1.
a neutral zone or area between two potentially hostile nations, designed to prevent any overt acts of aggression.
2.
any area serving to mitigate or neutralize potential conflict.

Origin:
1905–10

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buffer zone
 
n
an area lying between two states and providing each with protection from the other

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Example sentences
There should be a buffer zone between the agenda-laden politicians and the
  true, knowledge-seeking scientists.
Others share a vision of the buffer zone as a peace park, dedicated to
  biodiversity and ecotourism.
We concluded that the parks are really in jeopardy by buffer zone villagers and
  poaching.
Yet he also ruled out intervening to create a buffer zone.
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