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 3,599 (2012)
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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...


10/21/14 | News
Santos Invites Uribe to Talk Peace
In an apparent attempt to ease opposition to ongoing peace talks with rebel group FARC, Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos invited his bitter rival, ex-president Alvaro Uribe, to sit down with him and discuss the issue.
10/17/14 | News
Inicio de próximo ciclo de diálogo de paz se posterga hasta el 24 de octubre
El Gobierno y la guerrilla Farc retomarán sus diálogos de paz en La Habana el próximo 24 de octubre, cuatro días después de lo anunciado inicialmente, informaron hoy las partes.
10/17/14 | News
Colombia y Perú inician la operación binacional “COMBIFRON”
Unidades de la Armada Nacional de Colombia junto con el Ejército Nacional, Fuerza Aérea y la Policía Nacional dieron inicio a la Operación COMBIFROM que de manera combinada se realizara con el cuerpo de Guardacostas de la Marina de Guerra del Perú y la Dirección Antidrogas de la Policía Nacional...


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...

10/2/14 | Publications
After Plan Colombia: Evaluating "Integrated Action," the Next Phase of U.S. Assistance

This report independently evaluates "Integrated Action," a new approach to state-building and counterinsurgency that the U.S. government is supporting in Colombia. Ten years and $6.8 billion after the 2000 launch of "Plan Colombia," officials from both governments are billing Integrated Action...