Mercedes Trent is a Research Assistant for the Defense Posture Project at the Federation of American Scientists, where her work covers nuclear deterrence and security assurances in Northeast Asia. Previously, she worked for Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA and the Japan Center for International Exchange.
She received her BA in Asian Studies. She spent four years working in Japan and Taiwan before returning to the U.S. in 2018. She speaks Japanese, Mandarin, and French.
Mercedes’s research interests focus on nuclear sharing agreements, hybrid warfare, status of forces agreements, and alliance management, with regional concentrations on Northeast Asia.