Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Arab Security

April 11, 2016 Both countries are weakening, as instability grows throughout the Middle East.

By Kamran Bokhari

Summary Saudi Arabia is the only major Arab power in the Middle East, but alone it cannot manage the regional chaos. It needs Egypt’s help, but Egypt is dependent on the kingdom to manage its domestic political economy. With their weakening financial position, the Saudis will struggle to keep the Egyptians afloat. Riyadh’s plans to partner with Cairo to deal with collective Arab security needs are unlikely to bear fruit.
 
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