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Dr Karen Smith to receive Anna Lindh award for policy research

Dr Karen E Smith|, reader in International Relations and director of the European Foreign Policy Unit| at LSE, is to receive the 2007 Anna Lindh award for outstanding work in European foreign and security policy research.

The Anna Lindh award is named after the Swedish foreign minister who was murdered in 2003 in Stockholm. It was created by three different European research foundations - Compagnia di San Paolo| in Turin, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond| in Stockholm and the Volkswagen Foundation| in Hanover.

The prize is awarded in the context of the foundations' European Foreign and Security Policy Studies| training programme. This programme focuses on the prospects of the Common Foreign and Security Policy and the European Security and Defence Policy. The three foundations support research projects that look beyond the national views currently dominating academic and practical approaches towards European foreign and security policy.

Dr Smith is only the second person to have won the award, following Dr Helene Sjursen from the University of Oslo, who received the award in 2006.

Dr Karen Smith said: ' I am deeply honoured and delighted to accept this award.' She will receive €20,000 to support future research at the award ceremony in Brussels in October.