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 $224,651,676 (2014)
Humanitarian & Development Aid $164,982,432 (2014)
Arms Sales $304,329,724 (2012)
Trainees 4,464 (2013)
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Upcoming Dates

10/28/14 | Event

After half a century of conflict, Colombia appears to be nearing peace. Historic peace talks have been ongoing since October 2012 between the Colombian government and the country’s largest guerrilla group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia,...

10/14/14 | Event

Please join this conversation on the past four decades of work to end impunity in Latin America with longtime human rights champions. As the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) turns 40 and the Institute for Policy Studies enters its sixth decade, we are more aware than ever of the...

10/09/14 | Event

Minister Cárdenas, ratified as finance minister by president Juan Manuel Santos at the start of his second term, will focus on policies that have helped make Colombia Latin America’s fastest growing economy. He will discuss the challenges in sustaining and even increasing the country’s growth in...


10/30/14 | News
UN, Colombia Government Demand Explanation Over ‘Peace Sabotage Attempts’ by Military
In the aftermath of reports on a Military Intelligence list containing email addresses of more than 300 journalists, government officials and activists, Colombia’s government and judicial authorities, and the United Nations demanded clarifications and reforms.
10/29/14 | News
Expodefensa busca llegar a ser la mayor feria de defensa de Latinoamérica
Expodefensa IV abre este miércoles, 29 de octubre su cuarta edición con cerca de 150 expositores internacionales de defensa y seguridad en el recinto ferial de Corferias de Bogotá.
10/29/14 | News
El desafío de reparar a las víctimas en Colombia
En Washington, varias organizaciones solicitaron una audiencia pública para analizar el “carácter insuficiente” del programa de indemnizaciones administrativas por violaciones a los derechos humanos.


10/27/14 | Blog
Comprehensive Analysis: Major Ways the U.S. Foreign Aid Bill for FY 2015 Could Affect U.S. Assistance to Latin America and the Caribbean

Both the House of Representatives and the Senate appropriations committees passed two versions of the State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations bill for FY 2015, which contains most of the annual U.S. budget for foreign aid. These bills offer a glimpse into what U.S. foreign...

10/10/14 | Blog
How Can the United States Help Colombia Achieve Peace? A How-To from the Latin America Working Group

The Colombian government and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas are advancing steadily in negotiations in a peace process that could bring an end to 50 years of brutal conflict. They have already reached agreement on three of six “chapters” of a final accord, on rural...

10/2/14 | Publications
A Compass for Colombia Policy

In 2000, the United States launched an ambitious rates of violent displacement, despite the partial aid program designed to help Colombia combat illicit drugs. The program, known as Plan Colombia or the Andean Counternarcotics Initiative, was also presented as a plan to help our neighbor “regain...