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

9/17/14 | News
Colombia Conducts First DART Firings
The Colombian Navy has completed the first firings of DART (Driven Ammunition Reduced Time of flight) guided ammunition from the 76/62 Strales inner-layer defence system fitted to its modernised FS 1500 Padilla-class frigates.
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9/17/14 | News
Perú y Colombia adoptarán estrategias conjuntas contra el crimen organizado
Perú y Colombia adoptarán estrategias conjuntas para combatir el crimen organizado con especial atención en la frontera entre ambos países en la selva amazónica, informó el Ministerio peruano de Relaciones Exteriores en un comunicado.
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9/17/14 | News
Equipamiento del Grupo de Operaciones Especiales Móvil Nº1, el futuro táctico de la Infantería de Marina de Colombia
Es en este escenario en donde precisamente se ha planteado la posibilidad de crear un nuevo Grupo de Operaciones Especiales Móviles para la Infantería de Marina de este país, que eventualmente se desplegaría en las áreas jurisdiccionales de las Brigadas de Infantería No.1 y No.2.
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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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8/14/14 | Blog
Latin America Civil-Military Relations Update - August 14, 2014

Mexico is getting ready to introduce its new gendarmerie police force, Colombia's Congress entered into its third round of debate over military justice reforms, and Nicaragua formalized its community police force . Read these highlights and more below. 

 

     
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