President: International Center for Religion & Diplomacy. Examples of eperience: studying impact of drug policies in Bolivia; training Cambodian Buddhists on post-conflict role; training religious actors on CVE in N. Africa; stability assessments for US State Department in South Sudan. Lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Senior Visiting Fellow at Brigham Young University, co-author of the forthcoming U.S. Institute of Peace Religion and Conflict Guide: Religion and Reconciliation. Master of Law and Diplomacy from Fletcher School at Tufts and Master of Divinity from Harvard.
Thanks for your comment! ICRD's reconciliation methodology, and past work with GemPaz, is designed to be particularly sensitive to these concerns. An important facet of our methodology is to work independently with adversarial groups before bringing them together. Our reconciliation team and local implementers take great care to recognize if it is too early to bring these groups in contact. Not all victims or former combatants will be ready for reconciliation engagements with one another, which is OK. But, there are many who have succeeded in working together to demonstrate a new type of relationship.
Regarding the construction process, it really takes place over the course of four years. The first two years are dedicated to research, site selection, design, and collaboration with the government and private sector (including construction professionals). Sitework specialists will be selected as a part of this initial process and are chosen in close consultation with the government, community leaders, and peacebuilding professionals. Following the initial feasibility study, an additional minimum two-year period is set for construction. A wholly dedicated two-year research and design phase, that precedes any actual breaking of ground, is necessary for the exact reasons you've identified.