Given her youth and background, Jasmijn van Kruissen is an unlikely actor on the international stage. Born in Lichtenburg, she studied Mechanical Engineering in her home town and retains an active interest in the dizzying pace of technical developments that characterises the high end of the Knootian manufacturing sector, particularly in materials sciences and the development of metal-ceramic composites. Some people close to her have said that her view of politics and international relations is likewise very mechanical.
Her engagement with politics came at age 24 when she joined the Social Liberal Party (SLP) youth wing. During this time she became very close with CÚcile Prisse d'Yvoy, whom she still considers to be a mentor and a close friend. As a result she tends to be seen as one of the youngest of the 'southern ladies', a grouping of rising female figures that hail from the predominantly Roman Catholic provinces that lay south of the Merwe river. A stint as the youth movements' President cemented her reputation as an up-and-coming 'young potential'. This potential was confirmed when she managed to secure an elusive paid internship at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Defence, from which its future ambassadors and consults have been recruited.
Still, nobody had expected Jasmijn to be nominated as the ambassador to the Caldan Union of the Resurgent Dream a few short years later. This position, an ambassadorship with a crucial ally in the Western Atlantic, would usually be awarded to an experienced diplomat, and such a position was to be seen as the summit of their career. The absence of moneyed interest - the van Kruissen family is solidly middle class - led some to suspect that CÚcile was planting a pawn in a crucial place. For what purpose she is there remains unknown, though. Jasmijns' public policy pronouncements date back to her days as SLP president, where she was a radical and a relative hawk, as its youth movement presidents usually tend to be.
Not satisfied merely cutting ribbons, Jasmijn has remained active in the Nieuwe Republiek (New Republic) Think Tank, an organisation that dedicates itself to 'the resolution of 21st century challenges using 21st century policies'. While her exact role in the organisation remains ambiguous, she is thought to be contributing a great deal on matters of industrial policy.
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