Colombia

QUICK FACTS

AREA IN SQUARE KM1,138,910
CORRUPTION PERCEPTIONS INDEX RANKING94 (out of 176) (2012)
DEFENSE EXPENDITURE AS % OF GDP3.30% (2011)
DEFENSE EXPENDITURE IN DOLLARS12,146,000,000 (2012)
PER CAPITA GDP IN DOLLARS11,000 (2012)
POPULATION45,745,783 (2013)
SIZE OF ARMED FORCES281,400 (2013)
U.S. MILITARY PERSONNEL PRESENT63 (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)
Trainees4,464(2013)

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10/28/14 Event

After half a century of conflict, Colombia appears to be nearing peace.

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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…

Resources

11/4/14 | News

PRESIDENTE DEL CONSEJO EUROPEO PROMETIÓ APOYO DE UE A COLOMBIA EN EL POSCONFLICTO

El presidente del Consejo Europeo, Herman Van Rompuy, aseguró este martes que la Unión Europea (UE) está dispuesta a ofrecer a Colombia “ayuda concreta” para implementar futuros acuerdos de paz en el país, en el caso de que las negociaciones entre el Gobierno colombiano y las Farc…

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11/3/14 | News

CRÉDITO ALEMÁN DE $100 MILLONES A COLOMBIA LIGADO AL PROCESO DE PAZ

El Banco de Crédito para la Reconstrucción y el Desarrollo (KfW), entidad pública alemana, anunció este lunes la concesión de un crédito de 100 millones de dólares a Colombia ligado al proceso de paz abierto en el país sudamericano con las FARC.

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11/3/14 | News

FARC DENIES HAVING COMMITTED WAR CRIMES AGAINST CIVILIANS

Colombian rebel group FARC on Saturday denied responsibility for war crimes against civilians. The guerrillas want to be held responsible for crimes committed in military action which could exclude numerous civilian victims of the internal conflict.

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Analysis

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…

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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…

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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…

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