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 $167,595,000 (2016)
Humanitarian & Development Aid $141,326,000 (2016)
Arms Sales $120,742,199 (2015)
Trainees 4,969 (2014)
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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

6/7/16 | Fact Sheets
U.S. Cybersecurity Assistance

Infographic showing what U.S. cybersecurity assistance has looked like over the past two fiscal years.

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2/3/16 | Blog
Grasp the Chance for Peace in Colombia, But Don't Forget the Brutal War

"I have never seen a day of peace in my life," Colombian civil society leaders have told me. As President Juan Manuel Santos visits Washington on February 3 and 4, 2016, there's hope they may see such a day.

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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...

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Resources

6/27/16 | News
U.S. Joins Northern Triangle Security Dialogue Hosted by Colombia
U.S. Navy Adm. Kurt W. Tidd, commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), and a delegation of senior U.S. government officials were in Cartagena June 24 to participate in a ministerial-level dialogue on defense and security in Central America’s Northern Triangle.
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6/24/16 | News
8 Reasons Why Colombia’s Post-Conflict is Still a Ways Off
The FARC’s pledge to end its war to overthrow the Colombian state is a huge step forward in reducing the country's violence. But an end to the five-decade old civil conflict is still far off. Here are eight reasons why, even should the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas...
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6/23/16 | News
Colombia and FARC Rebels Reach Historic Ceasefire Deal
Colombia's government and leftist FARC rebels said on Wednesday they had agreed to end hostilities with a definitive ceasefire that leaves the two sides just a step away from resolving the longest-running conflict in the Western Hemisphere.
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Upcoming Dates

07/06/16 | Event

As Colombia negotiates an end to its protracted internal armed conflict lasting over 50 years, successors to the paramilitary groups that emerged during the conflict have the potential to undermine effective implementation of the accords. To guarantee peace, Colombia will need to dismantle the...