Colombia

Quick Facts

Area in square km 1,138,910
Corruption Perceptions Index ranking 94 (out of 176) (2012)
Defense Expenditure as % of GDP 3.30% (2011)
Defense expenditure in dollars 12,146,000,000 (2012)
Per capita GDP in dollars 11,000 (2012)
Population 45,745,783 (2013)
Size of armed forces 281,400 (2013)
U.S. military personnel present 63 (2011)

Colombia At A Glance

Military & Police Aid $223,634,359 (2014)
Humanitarian & Development Aid $164,399,749 (2014)
Arms Sales $181,582,724 (2012)
Trainees 3,599 (2012)
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Upcoming Dates

09/22/14 | Event

AS/COA and the Council on Foreign Relations will host an interview with Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos. This event will be available via live webcast.

09/11/14 | Event

Explosión Negra (Black Explosion) interprets fusions of urban music ranging from hip hop and reggae to dance hall and raggamurphy, mixing it with traditional Afro-Colombian Pacific coast and African cultural rhythms, including the currulao, chirimía, alabao, pastillo, and jota. The group has...

09/09/14 | Event

Explosión Negra (Black Explosion) interprets fusions of urban music ranging from hip hop and reggae to dance hall and raggamurphy, mixing it with traditional Afro-Colombian Pacific coast and African cultural rhythms, including the currulao, chirimía, alabao, pastillo, and jota. The group has...

Resources

9/30/14 | News
Doce relatores de la ONU critican posible ampliación ley militar en Colombia
Doce expertos de derechos humanos de las Naciones Unidas exhortaron hoy al Gobierno y al Congreso de Colombia a que reconsideren la posible adopción del proyecto de ley que reestructura y expande el alcance de la jurisdicción de los tribunales militares.
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9/30/14 | News
Colombian Army and Police Capture Alleged Clan Úsuga Leader ‘Moña’
“Moña” – allegedly a high-ranking leader of the Clan Úsuga – has finally been captured.
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9/29/14 | Policy Statements
Certification With Respect to Human Rights Related Issues In Colombia
On September 17, 2014, the Department of State certified to Congress that the Colombian Government, including its Armed Forces, are meeting statutory criteria related to human rights. This certification, pursuant to Section 7045(a)(2) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related...
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Analysis

8/31/14 | Blog
Colombia Officials Continue to Signal Major Changes in Drug Policy

On August 22, in the first of ten drug policy forums to be held around the country, Colombian Justice Minister Yesid Reyes expressed his belief that the nation must find "more efficient" policies than prohibition and imprisonment...

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8/26/14 | Blog
Bonilla’s New Role Raises Questions for U.S.-Funded Police Trainings in Honduras

Honduras' former police chief, who was dismissed amidst allegations of involvement in death squads, has been working as the...

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