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 $170,041,799 (2016)
Humanitarian & Development Aid $156,260,620 (2016)
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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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

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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Analysis

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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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....

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Resources

2/11/16 | News
Colombia's FARC Rebels Set 18 As Minimum Age for Recruits
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, announced Wednesday that they will not recruit people under the age of 18, a decision that comes a year after their commitment not to accept anyone under age 17 into their ranks.
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2/10/16 | News
Cardin, Corker Introduce Resolution Supporting the Government of Colombia’s Efforts to Pursue Peace and End the Country’s Armed Conflict
In response to President Juan Manuel Santos’ visit to Washington to commemorate the 15th anniversary of Plan Colombia, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a Senate resolution noting sustained U....
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2/10/16 | News
Colombia, U.S. Continue War on Drugs Amid Shifting Battlefield
The White House on Tuesday requested $450.6 million for fiscal year 2017 to support Colombia’s anti-narcotics campaign and peace-building efforts in a program it’s dubbing Paz Colombia, officials said. In a conference call with reporters Tuesday, William Brownfield, the assistant secretary for the...
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Upcoming Dates

02/18/16 | Event

Despite widespread optimism that a peace agreement will soon be reached in Havana, the war in Colombia continues, marked by a rise in attacks on human rights defenders. Join the U.S. Institute of Peace and its co-sponsors to hear four winners of last year’s National Prize for the Defense of...