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Seidenman, 89, a journalist, scholar and author who specialized in United States relations with South and East Asia, died December 30, 2016 of myelodysplasia in Camden, ME. He was The Washington Post Bureau Chief in New Delhi and Tokyo in the 1960s and 1970s and also worked for the Associated Press, New Republic, Carnegie Endowment, Brookings Institution, and Center for International Policy. His books included "India: The Most Dangerous Decades," "Out of Afghanistan: The Inside Story of the Soviet Withdrawal," and "Korean Endgame," and he was credited with helping to arrange the 1994 nuclear deal with North Korea called the "Agreed Framework." He is survived by his brother Mark, son Cole and daughter Kathreen and grandchildren Kathreen, Gabriela, Fiona and Gavin. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Barbara Harrison. Celebration of his life at Ingleside Rock Creek, 3050 Military Ave., NW, Washington, DC, on March 11 at 2pm (contact: Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Massachusetts Peace Action Education Fund ( or to the American Civil Liberties Union (

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Published in New York Times on Jan. 5, 2017.
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