A country situated between two larger, more powerful countries; the existence of a buffer state is thought to reduce conflict opportunities between the two greater powers.
The way a person interprets and makes decisions about his or her environment (world), including beliefs and assumptions about what is considered right or normal.
A person's sense of self; the way an individual defines himself or herself.
A conflict which has a long history, in which the attitudes, positions, and worldviews of involved parties have escalated or perpetuated conflict.
The established right of a recognized government to determine internal policy and law of its country.