Quick Facts

Area in square km 1,138,910
Corruption Perceptions Index ranking 94 (out of 177) (2013)
Defense Expenditure as % of GDP 3.4% (2013)
Defense expenditure in dollars 13,003,000,000 (2013)
Per capita GDP in dollars 11,100 (2013)
Population 46,245,297 (2014)
Size of armed forces 281,000 (2013)
U.S. military personnel present 50 (2014)

Colombia at a glance

Military & Police Aid $174,183,607 (2015)
Humanitarian & Development Aid $152,273,749 (2015)
Arms Sales $308,787,044 (2014)
Trainees 4,969 (2014)
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Military vs. Economic Aid

Security Assistance Monitor tracks all available data about U.S. security and humanitarian & development assistance provided to this country. For a dollar amount breakdown of how much aid this country receives and which programs are supplying assistance, click "view data set." Note: This year's figures reflect the U.S. government's estimates of expected spending, and numbers for next year represent the administration's request to Congress.
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Security Assistance Monitor tracks all available data about the United States' training of this country's security forces. For information about how the number of security forces trained each year by the United States, including detailed information about the subject of the training, where that training takes place, and who is being trained, click "view data set."
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Arms Sales

Security Assistance Monitor tracks all available data about U.S. arms sales to this country. For detailed information on equipment, weapons and military services sold to this country, click "view data set." Note: This is not grant aid: these are items that governments purchase with their own funds.
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7/30/15 | Blog
U.S. Reduced Foreign Military Training in All Regions Except Latin America in 2014

The annual Foreign Military Training Report, recently released by the U.S. State and Defense Departments, reports on “all military training provided to foreign military personnel.” This report is a vital tool to better...

7/27/15 | Blog
Governance and Security Sector Assistance: The Missing Link

This two-part series describes shortcomings in the current U.S. approach to security assistance in the context of broader governance. Part two of the series will examine weaknesses in the U.S. government’s current security assistance policies and programs and recommend measures the U.S....

7/2/15 | Blog
Three Points on Congress’ Hearing on Colombia’s Peace Process

On Wednesday, members from the House Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere Affairs held the first congressional hearing on negotiations between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).



11/25/15 | News
Colombia Police Busts Three Human Trafficking Rings
Colombia Police said Monday they have dismantled three human trafficking rings, one that forced minors into prostitution along the border with Ecuador and two dedicated to trafficking women to China.
11/24/15 | News
Salvadoran and Colombian Armed Forces Share Post-Conflict Experiences
The Salvadoran Armed Forces (FAES, for its Spanish acronym) recently shared their post-conflict experiences with instructors and officials from the Superior War School of Colombia during a special meeting at the headquarters of the FAES' College for High Strategic Studies in San Salvador.
11/23/15 | News
UN Says 729 Human Rights Activists Killed in Colombia since 1994
A total of 729 human rights activists have been killed in Colombia in the past two decades, according to the United Nations. That’s an average of nearly three a month.

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