This book is a study of the buffer state concept and its effect upon world political affairs and as such analyzes the geographical and political factors necessary for the establishment and maintenance of a buffer state and examines the importance of the buffer state in maintaining world peace. .
Introduction Part 1: Review and Theory 1. Buffer States: A Geographer's Perspective 2. Buffer States: The Issue of Sovereignty 3. Southern Africa: Buffer States Without a Conventional Buffer System 4. Buffer Systems of Middle America Part 2: Region and Country Case Studies 5. Eastern Europe: The Buffer Effect of a Cordon Sanitaire 6. The Albanian Lands: Continuity and Change in a Buffer Region 7. The Gee-Political Demise of Lebanon: Consequences of a Political and Military Buffer 8. Asia's Pivotal Buffer States 9. The History of Afghanistan as a Buffer State 10. Korea, A Buffer State 11. Uruguay: The Quintessential Buffer State 12. Buffer States: Outlining and Expanding Existing Theory