Lovely Umayam

Nonresident Fellow

Blockchain in Practice

Lovely Umayam is a Nonresident Fellow with Stimson’s Blockchain in Practice program. She was most recently a Fellow with Stimson’s Trade, Technology & Security Platform. Her work focused on innovative ways to promote and incentivize WMD nonproliferation, such as exploring industry’s role in upholding nuclear security, as well as examining the intersection between WMD nonproliferation and global trade development.

Prior to joining Stimson, Lovely served as a Program Manager at the Office of Nonproliferation and Arms Control within the U.S. Department of Energy – National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA), where she implemented nuclear safeguards engagement projects in Southeast Asia and Latin America.  At DOE/NNSA, she also helped coordinate nonproliferation and nuclear-stability focused Track 1.5 engagements in South Asia and Southeast Asia.

Lovely is also the founder and chief writer for Bombshelltoe, a website featuring stories about nuclear history, art, and culture. Bombshelltoe is the first-prize winner of the U.S. Department of State’s 2013 Innovation in Arms Control Challenge and has been featured in SxSW Interactive, FastCompany, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientist, and the U.S. Department of State’s Generation Prague Conference.  From 2013 – 2014, Lovely contributed as nuclear pop-culture columnist for the Bulletin of Atomic Scientist.

Prior to her time in Washington, D.C., Lovely conducted an academic residency at Tsinghua University in Beijing to study Chinese nuclear history, particularly the formulation of its no-first-use policy of nuclear weapons. She also held a consultancy for the Permanent Mission of Chile in Vienna, Austria to support its participation at the 2012 Preparatory Committee for the Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons. She also has worked for the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies on issues regarding the nuclear nonproliferation regime and the Non-Aligned Movement.

Lovely holds a B.A. from Reed College and will receive her M.A. from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California in 2017.


STEP works with public and private stakeholders to implement measures that would improve supply chain security and efficiency in ways that align with WMD nonproliferation commitments.

Applied research on distributed ledger technology to improve trust, security, and transparency

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Complementing the Padlock: The prospect of blockchain for strengthening nuclear security

Distributed ledger technology has the potential to complement nuclear security practices and enhance the international security regime

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Lovely Umayam cited in relation to her film “Ways of Knowing” which focuses on areas of the Navajo Nation affected by uranium contamination

GALLUP, N.M. — Activists are using virtual reality technology to focus on areas of the Navajo Nation affected by uranium contamination. The arts collective Bombshelltoe has collected 360-degree footage of land near Churchrock, New Mexico, to show how p…

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Asian American and Pacific Islander National Security and Foreign Policy Next Generation Leaders- Lovely Umayam and David Kim Interviewed

The changing geopolitical landscape, new tensions between nations, and the midterm elections undeniably signal that the American people want to see a government that reflects the diversity of our nation and a national leadership that brings together di…

Blockchain in Practice

Distributed ledger technology (DLT), such as Blockchain, is being characterized as revolutionary in its potential to alter the world economy. Stimson is identifying applications and implications of DLT for non-proliferation and inte…

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Lovely Umayam Op-Ed on Dangers of Nuclear Industry

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Lovely Umayam Quoted on Trump-Saudi Connections in Nuclear Deal

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Lovely Umayam Op-Ed on Russia’s Nuclear Showmanship

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Lovely Umayam Interviewed on Nuclear Weapons

Listen to Things That Go Boom: Episode 2 here.

Lifting The Lid on Nuclear Liability: The Perspectives from the Judicial Bench

  The Stimson Center, World Institute for Nuclear Security, and 39 Essex – UK explore ways nuclear industry actors can demonstrate ‘Duty of Care’ to prevent security incidents, and how this could affect nuclear liability determinations. Read the c…

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Lovely Umayam quoted on Virtual Reality and Nuclear War

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What is Nuclear Security? Stimson Expert Lovely Umayam Explains

Lovely Umayam, Project Manager of the Nuclear Security program at the Stimson Center, was featured on Newsy. The piece introduces viewers to nuclear security while highlighting the Re-Energizing Nuclear Security report. Watch the piece here….

An Industry-Led Governance Framework for Demonstrating Strong Security

With the entry into force of the Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM/A), the legal bedrock for physical protection has been extended to cover civilian nuclear material in domestic use, storage and transport…

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Lovely Umayam Interviewed on Nuclear Security

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Press Release
Amid Evolving Risks, Momentum to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism has Waned

  For Immediate Release November 7, 2017 Contact: Jim Baird; [email protected]; 202.478.3413 Global momentum has waned in efforts to prevent terrorists from obtaining nuclear and radiological materials, according to a new report released toda…

Field Note
Trade Expansion in Jamaica: Opportunities and Challenges

The Jamaican government is working to transform the Port of Kingston into a Global Logistics Hub to attract new trade investments and improve the country’s economy. But as the opportunity for trade expands, risks also grow. Stimson experts Brian Finlay and Lovely Umayam recently completed a major project in Kingston — and saw firsthand the challenges and opportunities facing Jamaica.

Stimson in the News
Lovely Umayama Quoted on Strike at US Nuclear Facility

The Savannah River Site, in South Carolina, is home to the radioactive fuel that powers hydrogen bombs. It’s one of the most important nuclear facilities in the United States, and right now the workers who keep it safe are on strike. “Most people don’t…

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Lovely Umayam Quoted on Threat of Nuclear Conflict

Opening their paper on Friday morning, readers of The Wall Street Journal encountered a financial item of unusually wide interest. “Here’s a question that’s probably not on the CFA exam,” write Mike Bird and Riva Gold. “What happens to financial market…

Closing Supply Chain Loopholes to Prevent the Spread of WMD

By Lovely Umayam Editor’s note: This analysis is part of Impact — an ongoing Stimson Center series examining the innovative approaches being used to help solve the world’s major global challenges. Contributions to this series are from leading experts a…

Executive Governance Needed to Counter Threats to Nuclear Plants

As governments and industries try to understand the ever-evolving landscape of cyber threats to civilian nuclear power plants, it is becoming clear that property and information are not the only assets at stake. Public confidence is also at risk. The…

Issue Brief
Demonstrating Due Care: Cyber Liability Considerations for Nuclear Facilities

Cyber security is the next frontier for nuclear risk managers. Within a short span of time cyber attacks have evolved in sophistication and stealth, making it difficult to develop an effective and adaptive risk management approach. While there is conse…

John Glenn, Protector of Tomorrowland: How an Astronaut Shaped Nuclear Policy

In the early Sixties, America was mired in earthly miseries threatening its future, from deep-seated segregation in the heartland to a seemingly unending power struggle with the Soviet Union. Despite the tumult, it managed to set optimistic sights on o…

Making Food Security a National Security Priority

Editor’s note: This analysis is part of Presidential Inbox 2017 — an ongoing Stimson Center series examining the major global challenges and opportunities the Trump administration faces during its first 100 days in office. Click here to read the full s…

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Foreign Policy Interrupted features Rachel Stohl, Lovely Umayam’s Exceptional Work

Stimson Center Senior Associate Rachel Stohl and Research Analyst Lovely Umayam had their exceptional work featured by Foreign Policy Interrupted (FPI). FPI’s Interruptor series highlights women making an extraordinary impact on the most pressing forei…

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Lovely Umayam interviewed in FP Interrupted on nuclear security

Nuclear security is confusing. And like in so many other fields, it’s dominated by white dudes. So when we found out about Lovely Umayam, an emerging interruptor in the field, we knew we had to sit down for some schooling. -snip- FPI: How did you…

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