Saudi-Egyptian Relations: the Political and Military Dimensions of Saudi Financial Flows to Egypt,
Contributor(s)RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
KeywordsEconomics and Cost Analysis
Government and Political Science
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AbstractThis paper examines the vicissitudes of relations between Saudi Arabia and Egypt in the past decade and focuses on the aid flows and their political and military dimensions. In particular, and to their exclusion of private sector flows for which confidentiality is an important obstacle for research, cash flows from the Saudi public sector to the public sector of Egypt will be ascertained, but no methodical attempt will be made to determine their ultimate effects at the microeconomic level. A conceptual overview of the many institutional and non-institutional channels through which Saudi aid to Egypt flows follows. The chart divides Saudi economic aid to Egypt into descriptive categories of origins and ends. Emanating from both the public and private sector in the recipient economy, often passing through intermediary financial institutions, aid has flowed to either the public or private sector in the recipient economy. The essential Arab aid institutions, bilateral and multilateral, and their respective assistance to Egyptian development are examined.