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The University of Mississippi

Vinod Kannuthurai – Alumnus Spotlight

Foreign Affairs Officer, US Department of State

Hometown: Hazlehurst, MS
BA in Classics, Political Science, and Public Policy Leadership; minor in Intelligence & Security Studies (2014)

Vinod Kannuthurai finished an MA in International Affairs and National Security Studies in 2016 from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M.  During that time he completed two internships at the US Department of State. One was with the Special Envoy to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the African Great Lakes and the second was with the Economic-Political Section of the US Embassy in Singapore.

After graduation, Kannuthurai worked with the Stimson Center, a nonpartisan policy research center for national security issues.  He was a South Asia Intern then an Editorial Consultant on center publications.  He moved to the US Department of State where he was an Office Management Specialist.  He is now a Foreign Affairs Officer for the Office of India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Maldives.