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North Korea’s Ebola Restrictions Impede Economic Growth for Political Gain

North Korea’s decision to ban foreigners from participating in the upcoming Pyongyang marathon is the latest example of how its overly restrictive response to the threat of Ebola is stifling tourism and other business interests. Pyongyang’s sweeping travel restrictions are motivated by both public health and political concerns. Even though there have been no reported cases of Ebola in Asia, North Korea closed its borders to foreign tourists last October to prevent the spread of the...

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