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In the U.S., state institutions like our Congress, court system and police force are often taken for granted. But in dozens of poor countries, development is not taking place because these state institutions are weak or have in some instances collapsed. State Building and Global Development, a CGD Rich World, Poor World brief, provides an overview of why state building matters for long-term economic, social and political development and what the U.S. is doing, and could do, to support it. Learn more about Rich World, Poor World: A Guide to Global Development