Colombia

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 $1,173,661,251 (2013)
Trainees 4,464 (2013)
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Military vs. Economic Aid

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Trainees

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

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Analysis

5/28/15 | Blog
The Law That Helps the U.S. Stop Heinous Crimes by Foreign Militaries

An increasingly well-known U.S. human rights law barring American military assistance to foreign security forces that commit crimes like murder, kidnapping, rape, and torture has played an important role in encouraging Central and South American countries to crack down on these crimes.

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5/22/15 | Blog
How U.S. Aid can Help a Post-Peace Accord Colombia

U.S. faith leaders have stated their support for the peace process in Colombia, and they have some recommendations for how the U.S. can adjust its aid to help the country’s effort for peace. On Monday, 32 faith-based leaders...

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3/31/15 | Blog
Military Exercises in Latin America: December through March

Summary of U.S. Military Exercises performed in Latin America

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Resources

5/29/15 | News
82% of Colombia Free from FARC Say MinDef. Really?
Authorities in Colombia claim guerrilla group FARC's presence has been reduced to only 18 percent of national territory, an assertion that appears to be based more on political motivations than an accurate appraisal of the country's security situation.
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5/29/15 | News
Colombian Guerrilla Negotiator Killed in Retaliatory Airstrike, Putting Talks in Doubt
A “peace delegate” from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) was among the 27 guerrillas killed in a May 22nd airstrike by the Colombian Air Force, authorities confirmed Wednesday. President Juan Manuel Santos ordered the strike on a FARC camp in southwest Colombia in retaliation for a...
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5/26/15 | News
Peace in Colombia Relies on Tackling Systemic Violence Against Women
After more than 50 years of conflict marked by widespread and systemic sexual violence, Colombia has established a national day to remember the appalling suffering experienced by so many women, whose plight has until now been largely ignored.
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