Breaking the chessboard: the geopolitics of Obama's Asia pivot (Rosanna Ryan) from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)
"As far as McCoy is concerned, Obama is in the league of only two other Americans in the field of geopolitics: Theodore Roosevelt's secretary of war, Elihu Root, and president Jimmy Carter's national security advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski. These three men, he says, are the only ones who can really be described as 'grandmasters' of the game. 'The world is a chessboard, and a leader is very skilful in moving the pawns and the rooks and the pieces about the board,' McCoy says. 'But the grandmaster actually breaks the chessboard itself into pieces and manoeuvres those pieces."