The “buffer-state” of modern diplomacy is of the same ineffectual type.
She sketches out a letter to be written to the lady who is at present a buffer-state between the dried man and the parched women.
Do you believe that Russia merely covets the buffer-state Afghanistan, or do its intentions go further?
From that date to the 'Forty-five, Carlisle's history is mainly that of a kind of "buffer-state" between the two kingdoms.
Clearly it was not to Russia's interest to weaken the only buffer-state that remained between her and the Empire of the West.